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Bonus for Birthday celebration Fairies: 'You Are Old Father William'
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: June 11, 2019 07:21PM
Looking for something to make that birthday special? I have a relative who is turning 70 (gulp), so I was looking for a poem to recite for them.
Here's You Are Old Father William, recited by Alice in Chapter 5 at the behest of the Caterpillar.

"You are old, Father William," the young man said,
"And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head—
Do you think, at your age, it is right?"

"In my youth," Father William replied to his son,
"I feared it might injure the brain;
But now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again."

"You are old," said the youth, "As I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door—
Pray, what is the reason of that?"

"In my youth," said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
"I kept all my limbs very supple
By the use of this ointment—one shilling a box—
Allow me to sell you a couple?"

"You are old," said the youth, "And your jaws are too weak
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak—
Pray, how did you manage to do it?"

"In my youth," said his father, "I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength which it gave to my jaw,
Has lasted the rest of my life."

"You are old," said the youth, "one would hardly suppose
That your eye was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose—
What made you so awfully clever?"

"I have answered three questions, and that is enough,"
Said his father; "don't give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off, or I'll kick you down stairs!"

I was considering Robert Frost's Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening, but it just wouldn't be me.
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Re: Bonus for Birthday celebration Fairies: 'You Are Old Father William'
Posted by: Don C
Date: June 11, 2019 10:11PM
Gee, I remember back when I was 70. Don't feel a day older today than I did then (and come to think of it I did not think of myself old at that time). The math always surprises me.

With any luck, you will be here too one day!

Upon re-reading the thread, my reply was much too serious for the jolly intention.

Now get off my lawn.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/11/2019 10:13PM by Don C.
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