Poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes, [Sr.] (1809-1894)   


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    Thoughtful in youth, but not austere in age;
    Calm, but not cold, and cheerful though a sage;
    Too true to flatter and too kind to sneer,
    And only just when seemingly severe;
    So gently blending courtesy and art
    That wisdom's lips seemed borrowing friendship's heart.

    Taught by the sorrows that his age had known
    In others' trials to forget his own,
    As hour by hour his lengthened day declined,
    A sweeter radiance lingered o'er his mind.
    Cold were the lips that spoke his early praise,
    And hushed the voices of his morning days,
    Yet the same accents dwelt on every tongue,
    And love renewing kept him ever young.


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Written on 2023-07-31 at 00:00

Tags American  Transcendental  Fireside 

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