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Lovers Gifts XIX: It Is Written in the Book

 It is written in the book that Man, when fifty, must leave the
noisy world, to go to the forest seclusion.
But the poet proclaims that the forest hermitage is only for the young.
For it is the birthplace of flowers and the haunt of birds and bees; and hidden hooks are waiting there for the thrill of lovers' whispers.
There the moon-light, that is all one kiss for the malati flowers, has its deep message, but those who understand it are far below fifty.
And alas, youth is inexperienced and wilful, therefore it is but meet that the old should take charge of the household, and the young take to the seclusion of forest shades and the severe discipline of courting.

by Rabindranath Tagore
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