When I was young

When I was young, life seemed so long.
It stretched forevermore.
Then I was big and I was strong,
And I was nearly four.

When I reached ten I'd learned to count
And knew that time went fast,
I'd better put myself about
For childhood would not last.

By seventeen forgetting all
I danced the nights away,
And all those tasks I should have done
Would do another day.

My youth was careless with his gifts
I wasted too much time,
My talents, they were left to drift
Not knowing what was mine.

Now I am old, my hair turns grey,
And schemes I once began,
Like endless years, they’ve flown away.
So much remains undone.

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