How Life Seems at Forty
Since twenty years ago.
Some lowly things are lifted high.
Some high things are brought low.
Some aims I once thought worth pursuing
Today I disavow;
Some things I once was fond of doing
Are tasteless to me now.
I spurn the praise of certain folks
Whose praise I fondly sought;
I see no fun in certain jokes
That once were prime, I thought.
I have no use for certain facts
That then I highly prized;
I find no good in certain acts
I then with zest advised.
Our college boys have younger looks___
At least, so I surmise___
And know far less of learned hooks,
And are not half so wise.
Quite young is forty now for men.
Though once "twas old as sin":
And what would be a bald head then,
Is now "hair somewhat thin".
I see one pretty girl, these years,
Where once I saw a score
And many a former sage appears,
Today, but just a bore.
There once was time for sport, so dear,
So joyous to the soul;
But shortened is each recent year,
And work employs the whole.
Ten thousand was a princely store,
A fortune for a count;
A hundred thousand now, and more,
Is but a small amount.
Ah, this old world has changed throughout
While twenty years have flown;___
The world or I___but who can doubt
That I have held my own?
___John Edward Everett
Quillings In Verse
John Edward Everett
(Smith Center: ___. 1912)