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Reverend E. E. Bradford

Boyish Beauty

See that lad, of late a child

Irresponsible and wild

Now look up with earnest eyes

Tender, passionate and wise!

Love has lent him for an hour

Beauty's holy, awful power:

When he's ripe for toil and pain,

Love will take it back again.

Boysh beauty comes and goes,

Like a rivulet that flows:

Woman, as a placid pool,

Long is fair if clean and cool.

Yet the running waters shine

With a splendor more divine:

So the fairest woman's grace

Fades before a boyish face!


in Boyhood,
Reverend E.E. Bradford, Keegan Paul, Trench.

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