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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From The Passionate Pilgrim

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
CRABBED 1 Age and Youth
Cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasance,
Age is full of care;
Youth like summer morn,        5
Age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave,
Age like winter bare.
Youth is full of sport,
Age’s breath is short;        10
Youth is nimble, Age is lame;
Youth is hot and bold,
Age is weak and cold;
Youth is wild, and Age is tame.
Age, I do abhor thee;        15
Youth, I do adore thee:
O, my Love, my Love is young!
Age, I do defy thee:
O sweet shepherd, hie thee!
For methinks thou stay’st too long.        20
Note 1. Shakespeare. (?) From ‘The Passionate Pilgrim’. 1599. [back]

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