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SHAKSPEARE'S SEVEN AGES OF MAN.

Milk and a swathe, at first, bis whole demands;
His whole domain, at last, a TURF or STONE.

YOUNG.

SEVEN AGES OF MAN;

OR,

THE PROGRESS OF HUMAN LIFE.

ILLUSTRATED BY

PROSE AND VERSE,
FROM THE WORKS OF THE MOST EMINENT WRITERS.

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Chiswick Press :
PRINTED BY CHARLES WHITTINGHAM;
FOR CHARLES TILT, FLEET STREET, LONDON;

AND N. HAILES, PICCADILLY.

MDCCC XXXIV.

TO

ANTHONY M. HAWKINS, M.D.

UPPER BROOK STREET, GROSVENOR SQUARE

MY DEAR SIR,

To your truly honourable Profession the life of Man stands indebted through all its ages, from the cradle to the tomb. “ The thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to," attach to Infancy, Childhood, Youth, and Manhood, as well as to Old Age. It is however the province of “the beloved Physician,” (as Paul hath denominated the Evangelist Luke) to ward off the attacks of disease, to expel the evil where it has taken possession, and to revive the languishing functions of nature

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What dire necessities on every hand,

Our art, our strength, our fortitude require;
Of foes intestine what a numerous band

Against this little throb of life conspire!
Yet SCIENCE can elude their fatal ire

Awhile—and turn aside Death's levell’d dart;
Sooth the sharp pang, allay the fever's fire,

And brace the nerves once more, and cheer the heart,
And yet a few soft nights and balmy days impart!

BEATTIE.

In classical mythology, no less a personage than Apollo is designated as the god of medicine ; thus intimating that the exercise of the restorative art might be pronounced an attribute

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