April 03, 2004

You Are Old, Father William

Lewis Carroll

"You are old, Father william," the young man said,
"And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head--
Do you think, at your age, it is right?

"In my youth," Father William replied to his son,
"I feared it might injure the brain;
But now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again."

"You are old," said the youth, "as I mentioned before,
And you have grown must uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned back a somersault in at the door--
Pray, what is the reason of that?"

"In my youth," said the sage, as he shook his gray locks,
"I kep all my limbs very supple
By the use of this ointment--one shilling a box--
Allow me to sell you a couple."

"You are old," said the youth, "and your jaws are too weak
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak--
Pray, how did you manage to do it?"

"In my youth," said his father, "I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw,
Has lasted the rest of my life."

"You are old," said the youth, "one would hardly suppose
That your eyes was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose--
What made you so awfully clever?"

"I have answered three questions, and that is enough,"
Said his father; "don't give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off, or I'll kick you downstairs!"

Posted by PaulT at April 3, 2004 06:14 AM

Yay! Welcome, kiddo!

Posted by: Emma at April 3, 2004 07:25 AM

Hiya Honey!!!!

(That goes for both of ya's, btw...*grin*)

Posted by: Stevie at April 3, 2004 10:56 AM


(very happy the traditional greeting is so short)

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at April 3, 2004 01:35 PM

!Yay! Palindromizing tradition.

Posted by: Ted at April 3, 2004 04:28 PM


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Posted by: CD at April 3, 2004 09:23 PM


If you need help with anything, drop me an email and I'll do what I can.

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Posted by: Debbye at April 5, 2004 01:58 AM

Yay. Bring cheese.

Posted by: Mr Mouse at April 13, 2004 04:03 AM

Me thinks someone changed their mind about using this space.

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