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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Age
By Anacreon (582–485 B.C.)
 
Translation of Abraham Cowley

OFT am I by the women told,
Poor Anacreon, thou grow’st old!
Look how thy hairs are falling all;
Poor Anacreon, how they fall!
Whether I grow old or no,        5
By th’ effects I do not know;
This I know, without being told,
’Tis time to live, if I grow old;
’Tis time short pleasures now to take,
Of little life the best to make,        10
And manage wisely the last stake.
 
 
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