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the flower of youth

The time in one's youth in which they have the most vitality, good health, physical ability, etc.; the prime of one's life. A possessive adjective can be used between "of" and "youth." Those who fail to pursue meaningful careers or activities will spend their latter years longing for the flower of their youth. The community has been struggling to come to terms with the death of the three boys, all struck down in the flower of youth.
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flower of youth, the

The best or finest time of life, at the peak of good looks, good health, and vigor. “He hath the flower of youth, wherein is the fulness of strength,” wrote Homer in the Iliad (ca. 850 b.c.). Shakespeare used similar language, but not the precise wording of the cliché. But John Dryden did, in Alexander’s Feast (1697), describing the lovely Thais “in flow’r of youth and beauty’s pride.”
See also: flower, of
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Another person, I said, might fairly reply as you do; but a man of pleasure like yourself ought to know that all who are in the flower of youth do somehow or other raise a pang or emotion in a lover's breast, and are thought by him to be worthy of his affectionate regards.
Circumstances had long forced her, as they force most women in the flower of youth, to consider, painfully and minutely, all that part of life which is conspicuously without order; she had had to consider moods and wishes, degrees of liking or disliking, and their effect upon the destiny of people dear to her; she had been forced to deny herself any contemplation of that other part of life where thought constructs a destiny which is independent of human beings.
Moreover he is in the flower of youth when a man's strength is greatest; if I was of the same age as he is and in my present mind, either he or I should soon bear away the prize of victory."
On it she left a card with an extract from the poem A Soldier's Cemetery by Sergeant John William Streets which read: "There lie the flower of youth, the men who scorn'd to live (so died) when languished liberty."
Facials, body treatments and massages are grouped into three themes: 'Breath of Life' featuring ila's golden elixir; water-based 'Emerald Tablet' with marine and herbal elements; and 'Flower of Youth' utilising the natural properties of fragrant essential oils such as jasmine, damascene rose and orange blossom.
Generations before have also had their identity forged in the flower of youth. The attack of Nov.
Percy Jeeves was just 28, struck down like so many others in what romantics called "the full flower of youth".
She has the same capacity for detachment as Joan Didion, and uses it to observe her own beginnings as an artist, a mother, and a human being as an example of how little the flower of youth has any idea what it's doing, and the difference between worthwhile and useless suffering.
Toi dont la large main cache les precipices /Au somnambule errant au bord des edifices, /O Satan, prends pitie de ma longue miserel The mother of the one suicide and wife of the other, a prematurely old and wrinkled woman, had--like Maximilian's mother--lost three of her brothers in the full flower of youth, on the battlefields of the Second World War.
Artists down the centuries have depicted the freshness and innocence of childhood, reminding us that despite the ills of society there still remains hope while the flower of youth is uncorrupted.
Arferwn ddweud mor drist yw marwolaeth rhywun ifanc trwy ddweud ei fod wedi'n gadael "ymmlodau'i ddyddiau" (yn Saesneg "the flower of youth"), ac oni fyddwn weithiau'n cyfeirio at rhywun fel "fy mlodyn i", ac weithiau eto yn fwy ysgafn efallai fel "fy mlodyn tatws i".
Written in the forlorn hope that the flower of youth should never again be crushed in the fighting of old men's wars, Benjamin Britten's War Requiem obviously strikes a particular chord with the young.
REMEMBERING THE DEAD: Veteran; Wullie Sanderson lays a wreath; FLOWER OF YOUTH: Children at Arnhem hold up bouquets to commemorate the dead as Prince Charles pays his respects
The "Mays" of Ventadorn are both the many springs that have passed over it--hundreds of years of them, by now--but also the flower that preceded the rose as the poets' flower of youth and love par excellence.
Latter is repped in spirit, if not storyline: The three courtiers are played as back-stabbing, dirt-dishing old queens, clad in fetishy black-leather tunics that look like castoffs from the Ian McKellen "Richard III." Even noted hetero Henry lewdly purrs, "Ah, the flower of youth!" when Thorn tumbles into the king's chamber from a chimney flue, doffing shirt to wash his sooty but well-toned bod.