Later Poems

by Bliss Carman


 

To a Young Lady on Her Birthday


 

THE marching years go by
And brush your garment’s hem.
The bandits by and by
Will bid you go with them.

Trust not that caravan!

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Old vagabonds are they;
They’ll rob you if they can,
And make believe it’s play.

Make the old robbers give
Of all the spoils they bear,—

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Their truth, to help you live,—
Their joy, to keep you fair.

Ask not for guards nor gold,
Nor fame that falsely rings;
The foolish world grows old

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Caring for all these things.

Make all your sweet demands
For happiness alone,
And the years will fill your hands
With treasures rarely known.

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