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SONNETS: HOW BRAVELY NOW I FACE THE MARCHING DAYS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: How bravely now I face the marching days
Last Line: Old age shall take me tenderly at last.
Subject(s): Youth


HOW bravely now I face the marching days,
With Youth's strong armor to defy the years!
Nought now I know of the sharp sting of tears,
Nor of the bleak and solitary ways
Where Sorrow calls her children. Nought dismays
My April spirit; and the night appears
Like some far-distant prospect without fears.
Youth, youth is mine, and youth's strong, fearless gaze.

But when the twilight shall at length abide,
And I have neared the shadowy bourne and vast,
How will it be? . . . Shall the night overcast
My soul, and shall my sword have softly sighed
Back to its scabbard? . . . Nay, when Youth has died,
Old Age shall take me tenderly at last.





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