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First Line: When I was one-and-twenty
Last Line: And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true;
Alternate Author Name(s): Housman, A. E.
Variant Title(s): The Cost Of Love
Subject(s): Aging; Grief; Innocence; Love; Sorrow; Sadness

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;

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