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"Life is but Thought: so think I will
That Youth and I are housemates still.
Dew-drops are the gems of morning,
But the tears of mournful eve!
Where no hope is, life's a warning
That only serves to make us grieve
When we are old:"
One reason the poet want to hang onto the thoughts of youth can be found in the lines above. Youth is conducive to hope........ without it we are hopeless.
'Youth and Age'