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Enchanted Tulips and Other Verses for Children. Keary, M. (Maud).
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page: 61

A RETROSPECT

  • O GOOD old days of highwaymen,
  • Of outlaws hid in moor and fen,
  • Of elf or goblin in the glen,
  • When dragons crawled and men were men!
  • How sad it is to sit and know
  • That we can never backwards go!
  • Time in its solemn even flow
  • Forgets the arrow and the bow—
  • Forgets the days of sword and shield—
  • How one would rather die than yield,
  • At tourneys how the trumpets pealed,
  • And horse and rider plunged and reeled. . . .
  • The moonlight still is pale and wan,
  • The same sun shines that’s always shone,
  • Yet all these things are past and gone,
  • And won’t come back for thinking on.
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