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Seventy-nine is in the best of health
Even as he relishes excess.
Vast quantities of fat and alcohol,
Embellished well with sugar, salt, and gall,
New flood him every day with happiness.
Then he settles down to cigarettes,
Yielding every time to pleasure's call.
Nor does he visit doctors, for the less
Involved he is with medicine, the more
Natural his commerce with himself,
Exemplified by butter best of all.

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