All the world's a stage

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  1. All the world's a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players;
    They have their exits and their entrances;
    And one man in his time plays many parts,
    His acts being seven ages.
    • At first the infant,
    • Mewling and puking
    • in the nurse's arms;
  2. Then the whining school-boy,
    with his satchel

    And shining morning face,
    creeping like snail

    Unwillingly to school.
    • And then the lover,
    • Sighing like furnace,
    • with a woeful ballad
    • Made to his mistress' eyebrow.
  3. Then a soldier,
    Full of strange oaths,
    and bearded like the pard,

    Jealous in honour,
    sudden and quick in quarrel,

    Seeking the bubble reputation
    Even in the cannon's mouth.
    • And then the justice,
    • In fair round belly with good capon lin'd,
    • With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
    • Full of wise saws and modern instances;
    • And so he plays his part.
  4. The sixth age shifts
    Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
    With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
    His youthful hose, well sav'd, a world too wide
    For his shrunk shank;
    and his big manly voice,

    Turning again toward childish
    treble, pipes

    And whistles in his sound.
    • Last scene of all,
    • That ends this strange eventful history,
    • Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
    • Sans teeth,
    • sans eyes,
    • sans taste,
    • sans every thing.
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All the world's a stage
2012-05-29 05:40:26
His acts being seven ages

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