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A Game of Fives

Written by: Lewis Carroll | Biography
 | Quotes (53) |
 Five little girls, of Five, Four, Three, Two, One:
Rolling on the hearthrug, full of tricks and fun. 

Five rosy girls, in years from Ten to Six:
Sitting down to lessons - no more time for tricks. 

Five growing girls, from Fifteen to Eleven:
Music, Drawing, Languages, and food enough for seven! 

Five winsome girls, from Twenty to Sixteen:
Each young man that calls, I say "Now tell me which you MEAN!" 

Five dashing girls, the youngest Twenty-one:
But, if nobody proposes, what is there to be done? 

Five showy girls - but Thirty is an age
When girls may be ENGAGING, but they somehow don't ENGAGE. 

Five dressy girls, of Thirty-one or more:
So gracious to the shy young men they snubbed so much before! 


Five PASSE girls - Their age? Well, never mind!
We jog along together, like the rest of human kind:
But the quondam "careless bachelor" begins to think he knows
The answer to that ancient problem "how the money goes"!



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