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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Anonymous. 1599
  
56. Crabbed Age and Youth
The Passionate Pilgrim
? by William Shakespeare
  
CRABBÈD Age and Youth 
Cannot live together: 
Youth is full of pleasance, 
Age is full of care; 
Youth like summer morn,         5
Age like winter weather; 
Youth like summer brave, 
Age like winter bare. 
Youth is full of sport, 
Age's breath is short;  10
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;  15
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.  20
 
 
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