Thomas Flatman

(1637 - 1688 / England)

Advice To An Old Man Of Sixty Three About To Marry A Girle Of Sixteen - Poem by Thomas Flatman

Now fie upon him! what is Man,
Whose life at best is but a span?
When to an inch it dwindles down,
Ice in his bones, snow on his Crown,
That he within his crazy brain,
Kind thoughts of Love should entertain,
That he, when Harvest comes should plow
And when 'tis time to reap, go sowe,
Who in imagination only strong,
Tho' twice a Child, can never twice grow young

II.

Nature did those design for Fools,
That sue for work, yet have no tools.
What fellow feeling can there be
In such a strange disparity?
Old age mistakes the youthful breast,
Love dwels not there, but interest:
Alas Good Man! take thy repose,
Get ribband for thy thumbs, and toes,
Provide thee flannel, and a sheet of lead,
Think on thy Coffin, not thy bridal bed.


Comments about Advice To An Old Man Of Sixty Three About To Marry A Girle Of Sixteen by Thomas Flatman

  • Terry Craddock (12/1/2015 7:47:00 PM)


    Life Treasure Love Esteem Love's Value

    life should treasure love esteem love's value
    true love is a beautiful rare rejuvenating gift
    love should never be despised or harshly judged
    love should be celebrated appreciated treasured

    love will flower prosper endure or wither neglected
    as potent strength of love is time adversity tested
    love survives or dies by many rules but strongest
    most pure is intensity of two hearts ardently in love


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'To An Old Man Of Sixty Three About To Marry A Girle Of Sixteen' by Thomas Flatman.
    Dedicated to the poet Thomas Flatman.
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  • Terry Craddock (11/30/2015 11:28:00 PM)


    rather a harsh ending, life should treasure love and esteem loves' value, love is a beautiful rare rejuvenating gift, love should never be despised or judged harshly, love should be celebrated appreciated treasured, love will flower prosper endure or wither as the strength of love is time adversity tested, love survives or dies by many rules, but the strongest most pure, is the intensity of two hearts ardently in love (Report) Reply

  • (11/30/2015 6:19:00 PM)


    old age the youthful breast does trick
    with interest, not love, but economic
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  • Susan Williams (11/30/2015 4:52:00 PM)


    Ouch! How could any old codger keep his head up in public after reading this? Get thee to a pasture, old man! (Report) Reply

  • (11/30/2015 3:17:00 PM)


    LOL! Very humorous poem - so glad to have found it. Quite whimsical. Though I think the author might be a little jealous of the old codger who got the girl! Perhaps that was his point.... In any case I think 63 would indeed have been very old in the middle of the 18th century... (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/30/2015 12:06:00 PM)


    In such a strange disparity?
    Old age mistakes the youthful breast,
    Love dwels not there, but interest:
    Alas Good Man! take thy repose, ...............Wonderful lines
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  • (11/30/2015 10:30:00 AM)


    Hey, sixty-three's not very old! I'm a lot older than that.
    My question is:
    What's wrong with that sixteen-year-old girl that she would agree to marry this guy, anyway?
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/30/2015 9:29:00 AM)


    Great work! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (11/30/2015 5:27:00 AM)


    The poet has given the subject of drastic mismatch in a marriage a very thoughtful treatment which makes it very poignant and at the same time startling. Really a literary masterpiece.
    Old age mistakes the youthful breast,
    Love dwels not there, but interest:
    Think on thy Coffin, not thy bridal bed.
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  • (11/30/2015 4:32:00 AM)


    Amazing but realistic advice to the old man about to marry a girl of grand daughter's age. Enjoyed reading the poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (11/30/2015 4:12:00 AM)


    The old men with such trends should be condemned, their time is gone.. (Report) Reply

  • (11/30/2015 3:30:00 AM)


    hard for kids if there will be... (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (11/30/2015 1:57:00 AM)


    lucky old man nevertheless. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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