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You Are Old, Father William
by Lewis Carroll
"You are old, father William," the young man said,
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,
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 most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a
back-somersault in at the door
Pray what is the reason for
"In my youth," said the sage, as he shook his
"I kept all my limbs very supple
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;
you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak
how did you manage to do it?"
"In my youth," said his
fater, "I took to the law,
And argued each case with my
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 eye
was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end
of your nose
What made you so awfully clever?"
have answered three questions, and that is enough,"
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