SEVEN AGES OF MAN
ONLY A BABY: Kissed and caressed, Gently held to a mother's breast.
ONLY A CHILD: Toddling along, Brightening now its happy home.
ONLY A BOY: Trudging to school. Governed now by a sterner rule.
ONLY A YOUTH: Living in dreams, Full of promise life now seems.
ONLY A MAN: Battling with life, Shared in now by a loving wife.
ONLY A FATHER: Burdened with care, Silver threads in dark-brown hair.
ONLY A GRAYBEARD: Toddling again, Growing old and full of pain.
ONLY A MOUND: O'ergrown with grass, Dreaems unrealized--rest at last.
---Anonymous, Boston Traveller, c.1899
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)