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How Old Are You?
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H. S. Fritsch


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Age is a quality of mind.
If you have left your dreams behind,
If hope is cold,
If you no longer look ahead,
If your ambitions' fires are dead --
Then you are old.

But if from life you take the best,
And if in life you keep the jest,
If love you hold;
No matter how the years go by,
No matter how the birthdays fly--
You are not old.

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Judyann:
I have this poem on a Brownie copyright card from maybe the 1920's or 30's but no author is on the card...it also says If hope is lost, (not) If hope is cold.
Posted 09/14/2015 01:52 PM
Ripostess:
This was just found in my Grandmother's old cookbook from the 1920s. It was typed on a card that had pinochle scores on the back. She was an avid player.
Posted 03/28/2014 06:14 PM
Phyllis Beckman:
Let's make something up in lieu of solid history. I'll imagine that she is "pre-Confucian", that her feet were bound from birth, that H.S. Fritsch is her chosen pen name. And that this poem is "about" freedom! Huang Sung Felt? may have been her given name.
Posted 02/22/2011 06:24 AM


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