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The ages of man (not serious)

(6 Posts)
Jane10 Sat 09-Jan-21 13:38:41

I saw this on twitter and thought of us Grans.

Oopsadaisy1 Sat 09-Jan-21 15:33:37

Pretty accurate.

B9exchange Sat 09-Jan-21 15:39:54

Very good! Sadly for some Shakespeare was right, and it is actually a full circle....

And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then, the whining schoolboy with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice
In fair round belly, with good capon lin'd,
With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws, and modern instances,
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side,
His youthful hose well sav'd, a world too wide,
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again towards childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
As you like It

It is the second childhood I am dreading! grin

AGAA4 Sat 09-Jan-21 15:51:28

'sans' everything very depressing.

B9exchange Sat 09-Jan-21 15:59:47

Sorry, Jane10, I know it was meant to be light hearted, perhaps someone can bring it back on track! grin

AGAA4 Sat 09-Jan-21 16:17:25

The anatomy of ages is funny.