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MY BALD HEAD, by            
First Line: Good friends, when care assails a man
Last Line: So listen to the wise!
Subject(s): Baldness


I.

GOOD friends, pray listen, if you please,
To Pleasure's licensed preacher;
Hold fast to Liberty and Ease;
So says your reverend teacher.
To laugh at Care, be gay and free,
The precepts I advise:
I'm bald because I'm sage, you see;
So listen to the wise!

II.

Good friends, when Care assails a man,
To vex his soul and body,
I think it much the wisest plan
To drown it -- in a toddy!
Nay, not too much! -- the glass should be
Of very dainty size:
I'm bald because I'm sage, you see;
So listen to the wise!

III.

Good friends, these hints will stand the test,
And shouldn't be neglected;
But what's the good of all the rest,
If Beauty is rejected?
Young Love, true Love, must ever be
The richest earthly prize:
I'm bald because I'm sage, you see;
So listen to the wise!

IV.

Good friends, believe me, only so
We save Life's truest treasures;
By just condensing, as they flow,
Youth's evanescent pleasures.
My sermon's done; who lists to me
The power of Fate defies:
I'm bald because I'm sage, you see;
So listen to the wise!





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