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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
William Butler Yeats. (1865–1939)
 
 
1
            The land of faery,
Where nobody gets old and godly and grave,
Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise,
Where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue.
          Land of Heart’s Desire.
2
          Life moves out of a red flare of dreams
Into a common light of common hours,
Until old age bring the red flare again.
          Land of Heart’s Desire.
3
    I would mould a world of fire and dew 1 
With no one bitter, grave, or over wise,
And nothing marred or old to do you wrong.
          Land of Heart’s Desire.
4
          Land of Heart’s Desire,
Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood,
But joy is wisdom, Time an endless song.
          Land of Heart’s Desire.
 
Note 1.
See FitzGerald: Omar Khayyám. Rubaiyat, lxxiii.
Ah Love! could Thou and I with Fate conspire
To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire,
  Would we not shatter it to bits—and then
Re-mould it nearer to the Heart’s Desire! [back]
 

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