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Charles Lamb
1775-1834
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The Old Familiar Faces

1 I have had playmates, I have had companions,
2 In my days of childhood, in my joyful school-days,
3 All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

4 I have been laughing, I have been carousing,
5 Drinking late, sitting late, with my bosom cronies,
6 All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

7 I loved a love once, fairest among women;
8 Closed are her doors on me, I must not see her --
9 All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

10 I have a friend, a kinder friend has no man;
11 Like an ingrate, I left my friend abruptly;
12 Left him, to muse on the old familiar faces.

13 Ghost-like, I paced round the haunts of my childhood.
14 Earth seemed a desart I was bound to traverse,
15 Seeking to find the old familiar faces.

16 Friend of my bosom, thou more than a brother,
17 Why wert not thou born in my father's dwelling?
18 So might we talk of the old familiar faces --

19 How some they have died, and some they have left me,
20 And some are taken from me; all are departed;
21 All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.


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