Gamaliel Bradford

(9 October 1863 - 11 April 1932 / Boston, Massachusetts)

Anacreon's Apology - Poem by Gamaliel Bradford

An eye where love with laughter twinkles,
And songs on kisses still insistent,
Blended with graying hair and wrinkles,
To you, my child, seem inconsistent?

In fact, you think such conduct shocking?
The old should mind their souls and purses?
Ah, youthful blood, refrain from mocking
Till you can only kiss in verses.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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