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  • All the World's a Stage

  • from "As You Like It"

  • by William Shakespeare

  • All the world's a stage,

  • And all the men and women merely players;

  • They have their exits and their entrances;

  • And one man in his time plays many parts,

  • His acts being seven ages.

  • At first the infant,

  • Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms;

  • And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel

  • And shining morning face, creeping like snail

  • Unwillingly to school.

  • And then the lover,

  • Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad

  • Made to his mistress' eyebrow.

  • Then a soldier,

  • Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,

  • Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,

  • Seeking the bubble reputation

  • Even in the cannon's mouth.

  • And then the justice,

  • In fair round belly with good capon lin'd,

  • With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,

  • Full of wise saws and modern instances;

  • And so he plays his part.

  • The sixth age shifts

  • Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,

  • With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;

  • His youthful hose, well sav'd, a world too wide

  • For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,

  • Turning again toward childish treble, pipes

  • And whistles in his sound.

  • Last scene of all,

  • That ends this strange eventful history,

  • Is second childishness and mere oblivion;

  • Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

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"All the World's a Stage" by William Shakespeare

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/04/15
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