On an Amorous Old Man by David Mallet (Malloch)

Still hovering round the Fair at sixty-four,
Unfit to love, unable to give o’er;
A flesh-fly, that just flutters on the wing,
Awake to buz, but not alive to sting;
Brisk where he cannot, backward where he can;
The teizing ghost of the departed man.

From: Mallet, David, The Works of David Mallet, Esq; in Three Volumes. A New Edition Corrected. Volume I, 1759, A. Millar and P. Vaillant: London, p. 48.

Date: 1759

By: David Mallet (Malloch) (c1705-1765)

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