William Butler Yeats
Brown Penny (1910)

 

I whispered, ‘I am too young.’

 

And then, ‘I am old enough’;

 

Wherefore I threw a penny

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To find out if I might love.

 

‘Go and love, go and love, young man,

 

If the lady be young and fair.’

 

Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,

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I am looped in the loops of her hair.

   
 

O love is the crooked thing,

 

There is nobody wise enough

 

To find out all that is in it,

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For he would be thinking of love

 

Till the stars had run away

 

And the shadows eaten the moon.

 

Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,

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One cannot begin it too soon.