Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Youth and Age - Mimnermus

Ah ! fair and lovely bloom the flowers of youth;
    On men and maids they beautifully smile:
But soon comes doleful eld, who, void of ruth,
    Indifferently afflicts the fair and vile;
Then cares wear out the heart: old eyes forlorn
    Scarce reck the very sunshine to behold —
Unloved by youths, of every maid the scorn —
    So hard a lot God lays upon the old.

Mimnermus (620 BC) Greece
Translated by John Addington Symonds
Source: Greek poets in English verse by William Hyde Appleton, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1893

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