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WALTER POPE
English physician, astronomer and writer
(1630 - 1714)

If I live to grow old, as I find I go down,
  Let this be my fate in a country town;
    May I have a warm house, with a stone at my gate,
      And a cleanly young girl to rub my bald pate.
        May I govern my passions with an absolute sway,
          Grow wiser and better as my strength wears away,
            Without gout or stone, by a gentle decay.
      - The Old Man's Wish,
        first appeared in "A Collection of Thirty-one Songs"
        [Wishes]

May I govern my passions with absolute sway,
  And grow wiser and better as my strength wears away.
      - The Old Man's Wish [Passion]


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