Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, IN DEFENSE OF YOUTH, by ROBBINS WOLCOTT BARSTOW

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IN DEFENSE OF YOUTH, by            
First Line: We call them wrong! God pity us, the blind
Last Line: By truth and duty, youth is on god's side!
Subject(s): Youth

We call them wrong! God pity us, the blind,
Imputing evil as our grandsires did,
When we explored new realms with feet and mind,
Uncovering what old fogies damned and hid!
The dreams, the wanton fantasies are there,
As you and I once knew them, loved them, till
We came to staleness and to foolish fear
Lest something change, be different, jolt our will!
'Tis life they seek, not sin, no sordid thing,
But joy in health and beauty, and in all
The urge of thrilling bodies that would sing
And freely dance with laughter at earth's call.
Let's laugh with them, full knowing that when tried
By Truth and Duty, Youth is on God's side!

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