Seven Ages of Man, take 6, Advanced Middle Age

The sixth age shifts into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,“… The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav’d, a world too wide
For his shrank shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again towards childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound…

(As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7)

Comments. The lines seem almost a recipe for melancholy. Robert Burton, however, dedicated about 1600 pages in font 8 to the defeat of melancholy in any of its manifestations – in his “Anatomy of Melancholy.” Here is how he introduces one of the chapters,
“Inveterate melancholy, howsoever it may seem to be a continuate, inexorable disease, hard to be cured, accompanying them to their graves, most part, as Montanus observes, yet many times it may be helped, even fast which is most violent, or at least, according to the same author, it may be mitigated and much eased, “Nil desperandum” [never despair]”. If not else Burton can put you in good spirits and laughter is said to be one of the best medicines.
To locate the previous related blogs, the “ages of men, all the world is a stage” etc., the introduction to these famous Shakespeare lines is in the blog of Feb 29, 2012. Stage 1 – the infant, in the blog of  Apr 9, 2012; stage 2 – the whining schoolboy in the blog of Jun 2, 2012; stage 3 – the lover, in the blog of Jun 8, 2012; stage 4, the soldier in the blog of Jun 12, 2012, the judge in the blog of Jun 18, 2012.
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