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

41. The Fascination of What’s Difficult

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. There’s something ails our colt 
That must, as if it had not holy blood,         5
Nor on an Olympus leaped from cloud to cloud, 
Shiver under the lash, strain, sweat and jolt 
As though it dragged road metal. My curse on plays 
That have to be set up in fifty ways, 
On the day’s war with every knave and dolt,  10
Theatre business, management of men. 
I swear before the dawn comes round again 
I’ll find the stable and pull out the bolt. 



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