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Advice To An Old Man Of Sixty Three About To Marry A Girle Of Sixteen

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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

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Rajnish Manga 30 November 2015

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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Kim Barney 30 November 2015

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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David Wood 30 November 2015

lucky old man nevertheless.

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Edward Kofi Louis 30 November 2015

Great work! Thanks for sharing.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 30 November 2015

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.

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Terry Craddock 01 December 2015

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 30 November 2015

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

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Douglas Scotney 30 November 2015

old age the youthful breast does trick with interest, not love, but economic

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Susan Williams 30 November 2015

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

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John Richter 30 November 2015

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...

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