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

47. Upon a House shaken by the Land Agitation

HOW should the world be luckier if this house, 
Where passion and precision have been one 
Time out of mind, became too ruinous 
To breed the lidless eye that loves the sun? 
And the sweet laughing eagle thoughts that grow         5
Where wings have memory of wings, and all 
That comes of the best knit to the best? Although 
Mean roof-trees were the sturdier for its fall, 
How should their luck run high enough to reach 
The gifts that govern men, and after these  10
To gradual Time’s last gift, a written speech 
Wrought of high laughter, loveliness and ease? 



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