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First Line: Youth and I went out to sea
Last Line: On the reef I cling, bereaved.
Subject(s): Youth

YOUTH and I went out to sea;
Hope went with us, we were three.
Ne'er was such a company,
Ne'er was such an argosy,—
Cloth of Dreams, for sails had we.

From the Reef of Destiny
Called a voice to Youth and me
And to Hope—for we were three—
Voice of molten melody,
Singing love that may not be.

Youth in recklessness believed.
Hope, too eager, was deceived.

Youth lies stark upon the shore;
Hope is gone for evermore;
On the reef I cling, bereaved.

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