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YOUTH SPEAKS, by            
First Line: I am just turned sixteen
Last Line: And my hair is red gold.
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Youth

I am just turned sixteen
And my hair is red gold;
My lips are like wine,
And my eyes they are bold.

The boys like me lots
But I like just one.
We dance and we ride
And we swim -- O, what fun!

Mother looks at me sadly,
And says, "Dear, you should
Sew, read, study Latin, and grow
To be useful and good."

Dear Mother is fifty and useful,
But what does she have for her pains?
She knows Latin, but what does she know
Of the torrent that flows in my veins?

I suppose that I too
Shall be good when I'm old;
But just now I'm sixteen
And my hair is red gold.

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