“My First Grey Hair”

by Ann Neilson

My First Grey Hair
From The Ladies’ Companion, November, 1837

MY first grey hair! My first grey hair!
I will not pluck thee from my brow;
Thou art a bold intruder there,
But stay—I will not harm thee now;
For thou wilt teach me to forget
A life of trouble and of care.
Then why should I cast one regret
That thou art come—My first grey hair!

Stay then! and daily let me see
The vanity of youth;
And let thy presence be to me
A monitor of truth.
Welcome, then, pale little friend,
And all my sorrows share;
No cap or curl shall ever hide
My own—My first grey hair!