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  • Once on a Time

    From the Albuquerque Morning Journal, January 31, 1915. By Kendall Banning.

    Once on a time, once on a time,
        Before the Dawn began,
    There was a nymph of Dian’s train
        Who was beloved of Pan;
    Once on a time a peasant lad
        Who loved a lass at home;
    Once on a time a Saxon king
        Who loved a queen of Rome.

    The world has but one song to sing,
        And it is ever new.
    The first and last of all the songs,
        For it is ever true—
    A little song, a tender song,
        The only song it hath;
    “There was a youth of Ascalon
        Who loved a girl of Gath.”

    A thousand thousand years have gone,
        And aeons still shall pass,
    Yet shall the world forever sing
        Of him who loved a lass—
    An olden song, a golden song,
        And sing it unafraid:
    “There was a youth, once on a time,
        Who dearly loved a maid.”