Matthew Arnold
Middlesex / England
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Youth's Agitations

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When I shall be divorced, some ten years hence,
From this poor present self which I am now;
When youth has done its tedious vain expense
Of passions that for ever ebb and flow;

Shall I not joy youth's heats are left behind,
And breathe more happy in an even clime ?--
Ah no, for then I shall begin to find
A thousand virtues in this hated time!

Then I shall wish its agitations back,
And all its thwarting currents of desire;
Then I shall praise the heat which then I lack,
And call this hurrying fever, generous fire;

And sigh that one thing only has been lent
To youth and age in common--discontent.
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Dr Antony Theodore 02 July 2020
Shall I not joy youth's heats are left behind, And breathe more happy in an even clime? - Ah no, for then I shall begin to find A thousand virtues in this hated time! a very good poem.
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