A Child's Mint

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A Child's Mint
written by William Henry Davies
From "Poems 1930-1931", 1932 Link to further information




When young, I kissed a miser man,
A brand new penny for my pain;
In case he asked for a ha-penny back,
I kissed him once and then again.

With kisses here, and kisses there,
I kissed for all that I could get;
I had a mint so rich and full
That kisses paid my every debt.

My kisses now are wind, not breath,
In refuse-heaps they lie unsold;
All debts and favours, all demands,
Cry out for silver, and for gold.

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