Extract from I Due Susini – Luigi Fiacchi (detto Clasio) – 1820

This was a poem my Dad always quoted when I was a child

Se nella verde etade alcun trascura
Di lodato sapere ornar la mente,
Quando e’ giunta per lui l’eta’ matura,
D’aver perduto un si’ gran ben si pente.
Cercalo allor, ma trovasi a man vuote:
Potea, non volle, or che vorria, non puote.

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