by: Crates

      HESE shriveled sinews and this bending frame,
      The workmanship of Time's strong hand proclaim;
      Skilled to reverse whate'er the gods create,
      And make that crooked which they fashion straight.
      Hard choice for man, to die -- or else to be
      That tottering, wretched, wrinkled thing you see:
      Age then we all prefer; for age we pray,
      And travel on to life's last, lingering day;
      Then sinking slowly down from worse to worse,
      Find heaven's extorted boon our greatest curse.

This English translation, by Richard Cumberland, of "Old Age" is reprinted from Greek Poets in English Verse. Ed. William Hyde Appleton. Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1893.


  • Crates - A brief biographical sketch of the Greek actor and author of comedies.
  • Poems by Greek Dramatists - An index of poems by the dramatists of ancient Greece.


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