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As You Like It. 13 All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; 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. And then the whining school-boy, 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 thenthejustice, In fair round belly with good capon lined, 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 1. With spectacles on nose and pouch on side, His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice, Turning again toward 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. Act II. Sc. 7. L. 139. Sam idea in JEAN DE Courcy—Le Chemin de Vaillance. Copy in British Museum, KING's MSS. No. 14. E. II. See also HoRACE—Ars Poetica. 158. (Ages given as four.) In the Mishna, the ages are given as 14, by Jehuda, son of Thema. In PLATO's (spurious) Dialog. Aziochus, SoCRATES sums up human life.
14 There is an old poor man * + + + * Oppressed with two weak evils, age and hunger. s You Like It. Act II. Sc. 8. L. 129. 15 Though now this grained face of mine be hid In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow, And all the conduits of my blood froze up, Yet hath my night of life some memory. Comedy of Errors. Act W. Sc. 1. L. 311.
16 What should we speak of When we are old as you? When we shall hear The rain and wind beat dark December.
Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 36.
17 An old man is twice a child. Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 404.
18 At your age, The hey-day in the blood is tame, it's humble, And waits upon the judgment. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 68. 19 Ph. to }* up thine old body for heaven. enry IV. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 193.
id When an old gentleman waggles his head and says: “Ah, so I thought when I was your age,” it is not thought an answer at all, if the young man retorts: “My venerable sir, so I shall most probably think when I am yours.” And yet the one is as good as the other. R. L. STEve Nson—Crabbed Age and Youth. 11 Every man desires to live long; but no man would be old. Swift–Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting. 12 I swear she's no chicken; she's on the wrong side of thirty, if she be a day. Swift—Polite Conversation. I.
13 Wetera extollimus recentium incuriosi. We extol ancient things, regardless of our own times. TACITUs—Annales. II. 88.