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    Smile When You and I Were Young, Maggie

    Hello! Could you paraphrase this phrase as below I highlighted in blue?

    As sprays by the white breakers flung

    I am especially baffled by 'white breaker'. Thank you!

    When You and I Were Young, Maggie
    I wandered today to the hill, Maggie,
    To watch the scene below -
    The creek and the creaking old mill, Maggie,
    As we used to, long ago.
    The green grove is gone from the hill, Maggie,
    Where first the daisies sprung;
    The creaking old mill is still, Maggie,
    Since you and I were young.
    Chorus
    And now we are agèd and grey, Maggie,
    And the trials of life nearly done,
    Let us sing of the days that are gone, Maggie,
    When you and I were young.
    A city so silent and lone, Maggie,
    Where the young, and the gay, and the best,
    In polished white mansions of stone, Maggie,
    Have each found a place of rest,
    Is built where the birds used to play, Maggie,
    And join in the songs that we sung;
    For we sang as lovely as they, Maggie,
    When you and I were young.
    Chorus
    They say that I'm feeble with age, Maggie,
    My steps are less sprightly than then,
    My face is a well-written page, Maggie,
    And time alone was the pen.
    They say we are agèd and grey, Maggie,
    As sprays by the white breakers flung,
    But to me you're as fair as you were, Maggie,
    When you and I were young.
    Chorus

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    Default Re: When You and I Were Young, Maggie

    The ocean's waves come ashore, and spray (water) from the white breakers (water splashing onto rocks or sand or whatever) come ashore. And, of course, the sand gets wet. And if you are close enough to the waves you get wet.




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    Default Re: When You and I Were Young, Maggie

    Hello RonBee,

    Thank you for your help.

    Does the poet refer to his hair is as white as the sprays of white breakers? Is it possible that the poet refers to the creek as he mentions in the first stanza? I feel abrupt that he refers to the ocean suddenly. Could you please enlighten me further? Thanks!

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    Default Re: When You and I Were Young, Maggie

    Yes, he is comparing the color of his hair to the color of the white breakers.



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    Default Re: When You and I Were Young, Maggie

    Thank you very much, RonBee.

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