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THE METAMORPHOSE.

1 WITH rolling time that all things change,
2 Has oft been said, and oft been sung:
3 One instance more; the difference strange
4 'Twixt WITWOUD old, and WITWOUD young!
5 In youth, compound of curls and lace,
6 Of giggle, fidget, and of froth;
7 One simper dimpled in his face,
8 No butterfly more void of wrath.
9 Pleas'd with himself, with all well-pleas'd,
10 The flutterer scarce could give offence:
11 Or if he teaz'd, with nought he teaz'd,
12 But simple, pure, impertinence.
13 Now view him in declining age,
14 Assume the four satyric frown:
15 On friends and foes discharge his rage,
16 The very SCARECROW of the town.
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17 So Flies, in frisk, and buzz, and play,
18 That harmless through the summer past,
19 When ready to be swept away,
20 Grow blind, and sting us at the last.

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    Title (in Source Edition): THE METAMORPHOSE.
    Author: James Barclay
    Themes: age
    Genres: character
    References: DMI 32583

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    A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. III. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, pp. 178-179. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1136; OTA K093079.003) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [(OC) 280 o.790].)

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