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When I Was One-and-Twenty

When I was one-and-twenty  
  I heard a wise man say,  
"Give crowns and pounds and guineas  
  But not your heart away;  
Give pearls away and rubies   
  But keep your fancy free."  
But I was one-and-twenty,  
  No use to talk to me.  
 
When I was one-and-twenty  
  I heard him say again,  
"The heart out of the bosom  
  Was never given in vain;  
 
'Tis paid with sighs a-plenty  
  And sold for endless rue."  
And I am two-and-twenty,  
  And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true.
                                        

                                        A.E. Housman