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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare: Poems.  1914.

The Passionate Pilgrim, XII.

“Crabbed age and youth cannot live together”

CRABBED age and youth cannot live together: 
Youth is full of pleasure, age is full of care; 
Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather; 
Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare. 
Youth is full of sport, age’s breath is short;         5
  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, youth, I do adore thee; 
  O! my love, my love is young:  10
Age, I do defy thee: O! sweet shepherd, hie thee, 
  For methinks thou stay’st too long. 



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