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Category: Funny Satire Poems
       Classic humorous and funny poems using irony, exaggeration and ridicule, to expose and criticize stupidity and vices.

  PHILLIS'S AGE  

How old may Phillis be, you ask,
    Whose beauty thus all hearts engages?
To answer is no easy task:
    For she has really two ages.

Stiff in brocade, and pinch'd in stays,
    Her patches, paint, and jewels on;
All day let envy view her face,
    And Phillis is but twenty-one.

Paint, patches, jewels laid aside,
    At night astronomers agree,
The evening has the day belied;
    And Phillis is some forty-three.

                                    Matthew Prior.


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