C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Ah! happy years! once more who would not be a boy!


  • Ye tiny elves, that guiltless sport,
  • Like linnets in the bush,
  • Ye little know the ill ye court,
  • When manhood is your wish!
  • The losses, the crosses,
  • That active men engage;
  • The fears all, the tears all,
  • Of dim declining age.
  • Burns.