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Nothing Gold Can Stay is a poem by Robert Frost (1874-1963), written in 1923.

In The Outsiders, it is recited by Ponyboy Curtis to Johnny Cade while they are hiding at the old church.

Johnny later refers to the poem in his last words to Ponyboy "Stay gold!" and in his letter which Ponyboy received after Johnny's death.

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Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

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