by Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936)

When first my way to fair I took
Language: English 
When first my way to fair I took
  Few pence in purse had I,
And long I used to stand and look
  At things I could not buy.

Now times are altered: if I care
  To buy a thing, I can;
The pence are here and here's the fair,
  But where's the lost young man?

-- To think that two and two are four
  And neither five nor three
The heart of man has long been sore
  And long 'tis like to be.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-08-19
Line count: 12
Word count: 82