Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE ONE GRAY HAIR, by WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR

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First Line: The wisest of the wise
Last Line: Fair as she was, she never was so fair.
Variant Title(s): The One Of White Hair;the One White Hair
Subject(s): Aging; Women

The wisest of the wise
Listen to pretty ires,
And love to hear them told;
Doubt not that Solomon
Listened to many a one,--
Some in his youth, and more when he grew old.
I never sat among
The choir of Wisdom's song,
But pretty lies loved
I As much as any king,--
When youth was on the wing,
And (must it then be told?) when youth had quite gone by.
Alas! and I have not
The pleasant hour forgot,
When one pert lady said,--
"O Landor! I am quite
Bewildered with affright;
I see (sit quiet now!) a white hair on your head!"
Another, more benign,
Drew out that hair of mine,
And in her own dark hair
Pretended she had found
That one, and twirled it round.--
Fair as she was, she never was so fair.

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