Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO MRS. THRALE [ON HER COMPLETING HER THIRTY-FIFTH YEAR], by SAMUEL JOHNSON (1709-1784)



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TO MRS. THRALE [ON HER COMPLETING HER THIRTY-FIFTH YEAR], by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oft in danger, yet alive
Last Line: Must look on thrale at thirty-five.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson, Dr.
Variant Title(s): Thirty-five
Subject(s): Piozzi, Hester Lynch (1741-1821); Thrale, Mrs.


OFT in danger, yet alive,
We are come to thirty-five;
Long may better years arrive,
Better years than thirty-five!
Could philosophers contrive
Life to stop at thirty-five,
Time his hours should never drive
O'er the bounds of thirty-five,
High to soar and deep to dive,
Nature gives at thirty-five,
Ladies, stock and tend your hive,
Trifle not at thirty-five;
For, howe'er we boast and strive,
Life declines from thirty-five,
He that ever hopes to thrive
Must begin by thirty-five;
And all who wisely wish to wive
Must look on Thrale at thirty-five.





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