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First Line: These books you find three weeks
Last Line: "ere we be young again."
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Birthdays; Sisters; Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850-1894)


THESE books you find three weeks behind
Your honored anniversary
Make me, I fear, to here appear
Mayhap a trifle cursory. --
Yet while the Muse must thus refuse
The chords that fall caressfully,
She seems to stir the publisher
And dealer quite successfully.

As to our birthdays -- let 'em run
Until they whir and whiz!
Read Robert Louis Stevenson,
And hum these lines of his: --
"The eternal dawn, beyond a doubt,
Shall break on hill and plain
And put all stars and candles out
Ere we be young again."





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