Youth in Age
Meredith, George (1828-1909)

Once I was part of the music I heard
  On the boughs or sweet between earth and sky.
  For joy of the beating of wings on high
My heart shot into the breast of the bird.

I hear it now and I see it fly,
  And a life in wrinkles again is stirred,
  My heart shoots into the breast of the bird
As it will for sheer love till the last long sigh.


quoted in his review of "Last Poems" by Meredith
Rupert Brooke, "The Cambridge Review, 18 November 1909
reprinted in Timothy Rogers’ “Rupert Brooke: a reappraisal and selection”