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First Line: Round the old house where lilacs bloomed and died
Last Line: Scorn, poverty, disease -- and this is best.
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


Round the old house where lilacs bloomed and died,
Armed with the mimic bow my father gave,
A boy I marched and dreamed of coast and cave
And bears descending from the mountain side;
Or down dusk vistas of the arbor, wide,
And cool with scent of grapes, I sped to save
Fair ladies lost in woods, for I was brave
And sought adventure equal to my pride.

That house is down; the high hour never came;
The boy remembered but in tale and jest,
Yet the good cause, O Life, is still the same;
I see the days, the scope, of East and West;
The shapes I see are of heroic name --
Scorn, poverty, disease -- and this is best.





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