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W.B. Yeats (1865–1939).  Responsibilities and Other Poems.  1916.

32. Closing Rhymes


WHILE I, from that reed-throated whisperer 
Who comes at need, although not now as once 
A clear articulation in the air 
But inwardly, surmise companions 
Beyond the fling of the dull ass’s hoof,         5
—Ben Jonson’s phrase—and find when June is come 
At Kyle-na-no under that ancient roof 
A sterner conscience and a friendlier home, 
I can forgive even that wrong of wrongs, 
Those undreamt accidents that have made me  10
—Seeing that Fame has perished this long while 
Being but a part of ancient ceremony— 
Notorious, till all my priceless things 
Are but a post the passing dogs defile. 


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