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William Butler Yeats

Seven Poems and a Fragment

    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    OLDEST PUPIL.

    (motioning the musicians to lower their trumpets)

    Not what it leaves behind it in the light

    But what it carries with it to the dark

    Exalts the soul; nor song nor trumpet-blast

    Can call up races from the worsening world

    To mend the wrong and mar the solitude

    Of the great shade we follow to the tomb.

    (Fedelm and the pupils go out carrying the litter. Some play

    a mournful music.)
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    Amid the changeless clamour of the curlew.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    And there he can sleep on, not noticing

    Although the world be changed from worse to worse,
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    (They go towards the king holding out their halters)

    We are impatient men,

    So gather up the halters in your hands.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    The ancient right is gone, the new remains

    And that is death.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    YOUNGEST PUPIL.

    Dead faces laugh!
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    O look upon the moon that’s standing there
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    The man that dies has the chief part in the story,

    And I will mock and mock and mock that image yonder

    That evil picture in the sky—no, no—

    I have all my strength again, I will outface it.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    Are but loose thread, are but loose thread;
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    THE GIRL.

    God loves us for our worth;

    But what care I that long for a man’s love.

    THE FOOL BY THE ROADSIDE.
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