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William Butler Yeats

The Green Helmet and Other Poems

    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    Scene: A house made of logs. There are two windows at the back and a door which cuts off one of the corners of the room. Through the door one can see low rocks which make the ground outside higher than it is within, and beyond the rocks a misty moon-lit sea. Through the windows one can see nothing but the sea. There is a great chair at the opposite side to the door, and in front of it a table with cups and a flagon of ale. Here and there are stools.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    Yet would be now, could I but have my wish,
    Colder and dumber and deafer than a fish.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    Its flesh being wild, and it again
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    Imitated from Ronsard
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    With emerald eyes.”
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    Put off that mask of burning gold
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    ’Twere politic to do the like by these;
    But where’s the wild dog that has praised his fleas?
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    I look at you, and I sigh.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    That’s all we shall know for truth
    Before we grow old and die.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    The fascination of what’s difficult
    Has dried the sap out of my veins, and rent
    Spontaneous joy and natural content
    Out of my heart.
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