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

45. To a Poet, who would have me Praise certain Bad Poets, Imitators of His and Mine


YOU say, as I have often given tongue 
In praise of what another’s said or sung, 
’Twere politic to do the like by these; 
But have you known a dog to praise his fleas? 


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