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When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
"Give crowns and pounds and guineas
But not your heart away;

Give pearls away and rubies
But keep your fancy free."
But I was one-and-twenty,
No use to talk to me.

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard him say again,
"The heart out of the bosom
Was never given in vain;

'Tis paid with sighs a plenty
And sold for endless rue."
And I am two-and-twenty
And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true.

When I was one-and-twenty
That time so long ago,
Then love could be not empty.
The truth of youth’s ego.

With age one feels not guilty
In youth’s all love anew.
Now I am two-times-twenty
New love I’ll leave to you.


from The Irish Bard (Preview CD), released February 2, 2017
Music by Andrew McKee, Lyrics by A.E. Housman & Andrew McKee


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