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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

Mark Lemon 1809-1870 John Bartlett

    Oh would I were a boy again,
  When life seemed formed of sunny years,
And all the heart then knew of pain
  Was wept away in transient tears!
When every tale Hope whispered then,
  My fancy deemed was only truth.
Oh, would that I could know again,
  The happy visions of my youth.
          Oh would I were a Boy again.
    Forth we went, a gallant band—
  Youth, Love, Gold and Pleasure.
          Last Song.