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    condemn

    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

    What does the underlined part mean?

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    Jason

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    Re: condemn

    The passage you quoted is antiquated but I find it very charming. It means that old age shall not mean that elderly people can be declared or considered useless.

    You can see the intransitive meanings of condemn here:

    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...nglish/condemn

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    Re: condemn

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    This is from a war poem:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ode_of_Remembrance

    It's about dead soldiers. They won't be wearied by age, nor condemned by time (because they're dead, to put it bluntly. It's meant to be some sort of consolation, like believing that dead people go to a nice place.)

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    Re: condemn

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    The passage you quoted is antiquated but I find it very charming. It means that old age shall not mean that elderly people can be declared or considered useless.

    You can see the intransitive meanings of condemn here:

    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...nglish/condemn
    Thank you, but I cannot find this word can be intransitive in any dictionary including your link. But I think I know the meaning from your explanation.

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    Re: condemn

    "Condemn" is a transitive verb, but "them" is assumed to follow it in that poem. "Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn (them)."

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