The Seven Ages of Childhood

Project Gutenberg is one of life's loveliest pleasure, bringing us vintage lovers a daily glimpse into a world vanishing before our very eyes. Each day I peek at whats new and almost always find a little something to gladden my silly heart. This morning it was the bestest kind of delight: a book illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith - The Seven Ages of Childhood with verses from Carolyn Wells. So here for your pleasure and mine are the seven ages illustrated and described...

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First the Infant in Its Mother's Arms

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Then the Toddling Baby Boy With shining morning face, Creeping like a snail.

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Then the Epicure, With fine and greedy taste for porridge

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Then the Lover, sighing like a furnace.

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Then the Scholar, With eyes severe and hair of formal cut

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The Sixth Shifts, To lean and slender maidenhood, With thoughtful eyes and quiet mien.

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Last scene of all that ends This strange eventful history— Is First Love and mere enchantment— Sans Mother, Sans Father, Sans Brother, Sans Everything

P.S: Did any other Mummy find this ever so slightly painful? I am starting to think I need to find a way to keep my Finn, giggling at ten years old forever. Sans Mother?? Not if I have my way Finnster!

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