Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, OLD AGE, by ANACREON

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First Line: Sweet youth no more will tarry
Last Line: And win their journey back.
Alternate Author Name(s): Anakreon; Anacreontea

Sweet Youth no more will tarry,
My friend a while ago;
Now white's the head I carry,
And grey my temples grow,
My teeth -- a ragged row.

To taste the joy of living
But little space have I,
And torn with sick misgiving
I can but sob and sigh,
So deep the dead men lie.

So deep their place and dismal,
All means, be sure, they lack
Down in the murk abysmal
To scale the upward track
And win their journey back.

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