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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