When all the World is Young, Lad

When all the world is young, lad,

And all the trees are green ;

And every goose a swan, lad,

And every lass a queen ;

Then hey for boot and horse, lad,

And round the world away ;

Young blood must have its course, lad,

And every dog his day.

 
When all the world is old, lad,

And all the trees are brown ;

And all the sport is stale, lad,

And all the wheels run down ;

Creep home, and take your place there,

The spent and maimed among :

God grant you find one face there,

You loved when all was young

 
   – Charles Kingsley 

 

““Some of the songs in this and other of his works are very real songs: notably, “When all the World is Young, Lad,” which comes very near to being the only true defence of marriage in the controversies of the nineteenth century.”

Excerpt From: Gilbert Keith Chesterton. “The Victorian Age in Literature.”

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