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Poem by John Gay
A Lamb and a Lion – a Fox and an Ass, Resemble Mankind, as it were in a glass; Males are harmless as lambs ’till they’re fourteen years old, And ’till they are forty, as lions are bold; As foxes they’re cunning ’till three-score and ten, Then, silly as asses, no longer are men. A Dove and a Sparrow – a Parrot and Crow, The life of a Woman most aptly will show; Girls innocent doves are ’till fourteen years old, And chirrup like sparrows, till forty are told; Like parrots they’ll prate ’till they’re three-score and ten, And as crows often croak, so do most old wo-men!
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