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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
To Mrs. Thrale
By Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)
 
On her completing her Thirty-fifth Year

OFT in danger, yet alive,
We are come to thirty-five;
Long may better years arrive,
Better years than thirty-five.
Could philosophers contrive        5
Life to stop at thirty-five,
Time his hours should never drive
O’er the bounds of thirty-five.
High to soar, and deep to dive,
Nature gives at thirty-five.        10
Ladies, stock and tend your hive,
Trifle not at thirty-five;
For, howe’er we boast and strive,
Life declines from thirty-five;
He that ever hopes to thrive        15
Must begin at thirty-five;
And all who wisely wish to wive
Must look on Thrale at thirty-five.
 
 
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