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Poem by Edmund Waller


Old Age


The seas are quiet when the winds give o'er;
So calm are we when passions are no more.
For then we know how vain it was to boast
Of fleeting things, so certain to be lost.
Clouds of affection from our younger eyes
Conceal that emptiness which age descries.

The soul's dark cottage, batter'd and decay'd,
Lets in new light through chinks that Time hath made:
Stronger by weakness, wiser men become
As they draw near to their eternal home.
Leaving the old, both worlds at once they view
That stand upon the threshold of the new. 



                      Edmund Waller


Edmund Waller's other poems:
  1. To One Married to an Old Man
  2. On the Friendship Betwixt Two Ladies
  3. At Penshurst
  4. Of My Lady Isabella Playing on the Lute
  5. To the King


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Arthur Symons Old Age ("It may be, when this city of the nine gates")

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