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I cover cities and destroy mountains,
I make men blind, yet help them see.
What walks with four legs in the morning,
two legs in the afternoon,
and three legs in the evening?
What is it-
That we love more than life,
Fear more than death,
The rich want it,
The poor have it,
The miser spends it,
And the spend-rift saves it?
Of no use to one
Yet absolute bliss to two.
The small boy gets it for nothing.
The young man has to lie for it.
The old man has to buy it.
Answer: A Kiss
What runs around a city
but never moves?
Answer: A Wall
Iron roof, glass walls
Burns and burns
And never falls.
Answer: A Lantern
It holds most knowledge that has ever been said;
But is not the brain, is not the head.
To feathers and their masters, ’tis both bane and boon. . .
One empty, and one full.
I have rivers without water,
Forests without trees,
Mountains without rocks
Towns without houses.
Answer: A Map
Ten Men’s Strength,
Ten Men’s Length,
Ten Men can’t break it,
Yet a young boy walks off with it
Answer: A rope
I begin eternity,
And end space,
At the end of time,
And in every place,
Last in life,
Second to death,
Found in your breath,
Contained by earth,
Water or flame,
My grandeur so awesome,
Wind dare not tame,
Not in your mind,
Am in your dreams,
Vacant to Kings,
Present to Queens.
Answer: The letter “E”
I have many tongues but cannot taste
By me, most things are turned to waste
I crack and snap, yet I stay whole
I may take the largest toll
I assisted all of the first men
And I will pay them back again
Around me, people snuggle and sleep
Yet run when I am released from my keep
I jump around and leap and bound
The cold man wishes I he had found
I run through hills;
I veer around mountains.
I leap over rivers
and crawl through the forests.
Step out your door to find me.
Stronger than steel,
And older than time;
They are more patient than death
and shall stand even when the stars have ceased to shine.
Their strength is embedded
in roots buried deep
Where the sands and frosts of ages
can never hope to touch or reach.
Two bodies have I,
though both joined in one.
The more still I stand,
the quicker I run.
Answer: An hourglass
You get many of me, but never enough.
After the last one, your life soon will snuff.
You may have one of me but one day a year,
When the last one is gone, your life disappears.
Answer: A birthday.
Double my number, I’m less than a score,
Half of my number is less than four.
Add one to my double when bakers are near,
Days of the week are still greater, I fear.
I weaken all men for hours each day.
I show you strange visions while you are away.
I take you by night, by day take you back,
None suffer to have me, but do from my lack.
What kind of ear cannot hear?
Answer: An ear of corn
They have not flesh, nor feathers,
Nor scales, nor bone.
Yet they have fingers and thumbs,
Of their own.
He who makes me doesn’t want me,
He who buys me doesn’t need me,
He who uses me doesn’t care.
Answer: A casket.
Two brothers we are, great burden we bear
By which we are bitterly pressed.
In truth we may say
We are full all the day
But empty we go to our rest.
A box without hinges, key, or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.
You must keep it after giving it.
Answer: Your word
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