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(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

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A Madrigal

Crabbed Age and Youth
Cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasance,
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 sports,
Age's breath is short,
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!
Age, I do defy thee-
O sweet shepherd, hie thee,
For methinks thou stay'st too long.

Submitted: Monday, March 29, 2010


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  • Zoila T. Flores (3/15/2014 8:09:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem, but is more beautiful to understand it.

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  • * Sunprincess * (10/6/2012 2:59:00 AM)

    sure he loved youth and she loved him too.. :)

  • Allemagne Roßmann (9/29/2012 2:19:00 PM)

    Perhaps they come together when there is tolerance.Not always is a categorisation that has to be socially accepted.

  • Oludipe Oyin Samuel (6/9/2012 3:57:00 AM)

    Great reflection from the don himself. Youth and age; a parallel truly

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