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All the world's a stage

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 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;
And 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. 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. 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 everything.
 

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Satchel : a bag carried on the shoulder by a long strap and typically closed by a flap.

Woeful : characterized by, expressive of, or causing sorrow or misery

Eventful : marked by interesting or exciting events

Oblivion : the state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening

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Furnace : an enclosed structure in which material can be heated to very high temperatures, e.g. for smelting metals.

Ballad : a poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas. Traditional ballads are typically of unknown authorship, having been passed on orally from one generation to the next as part of the folk culture.

Cannon : a large, heavy piece of artillery, typically mounted on wheels, formerly used in warfare.

Oath : a solemn promise, often invoking a divine witness, regarding one's future action or behavior

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