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  • Thou seest we are not all alone unhappy:

  • This wide and universal theatre

  • Presents more woeful pageants than the scene Wherein we play in.

  • 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.

  • 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 a good capon lined,

  • 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 slippered Pantaloon,

  • With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,

  • His youthful hose, well saved,

  • 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.

Thou seest we are not all alone unhappy:

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