The Boy That Was By Edgar Albert Guest

The Boy That Was

When the hair about the temples starts to show
the signs of gray,
And a fellow realizes that he’s wandering far
away
From the pleasures of his boyhood and his
youth, and never more
Will know the joy of laughter as he did in days
of yore,
Oh, it’s then he starts to thinking of a stubby
little lad
With a face as brown as berries and a soul
supremely glad.

When a gray-haired dreamer wanders down the
lanes of memory
And forgets the living present for the time of
‘used-to-be,’
He takes off his shoes and stockings, and he
throws his coat away,
And he’s free from all restrictions, save the rules
of manly play.
He may be in richest garments, but bareheaded
in the sun
He forgets his proud successes and the riches
he has won.

Oh, there’s not a man alive but that would give
his all to be
The stubby little fellow that in dreamland he
can see,
And the splendors that surround him and the
joys about him spread
Only seem to rise to taunt him with the boyhood
that has fled.
When the hair about the temples starts to show
Time’s silver stain,
Then the richest man that’s living yearns to be
a boy again.

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