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ON THE EPHEMERALNESS OF BEAUTY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: O cruel thou, while yet the best
Last Line: "why have I lost my pristine pep?"
Alternate Author Name(s): F. P. A.
Subject(s): Beauty


O CRUEL thou, while yet the best
Is thine of Beauty's fair bequest,
When that thy pride shall have a fall,
Thy locks decrease to none at all;
When pale hath grown thy rosy cheek,
And dull become thy glance, and weak—
Whene'er thou gazest in the glass,
Then shalt thou, sighing, say: "Alas!
Why, when my heart was young and gay
Lacked I the wisdom of to-day?
Or, now that faltering is my step,
Why have I lost my pristine pep?"





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