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Anacreon - Old Age



Type of spiritual experience


The Happy Lovers - Jean-Honore Fragonard

A description of the experience

Old Age – Anacreon

Women tell me everyday

that all my bloom

has passed away

‘Behold’ the pretty wantons cry,

‘Behold this mirror with a sigh

The locks upon thy brow are few,

And, like the rest, they’re withering too!’

Whether decline has thinned my hair

I’m sure I neither know nor care;

But I know and this I feel,

As onward to the tomb I steal,

That still as death approaches nearer,

The joys of life are sweeter, dearer,

And had I but an hour to live,

That little hour to bliss I’d give

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