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

9. When Helen lived


WE have cried in our despair 
That men desert, 
For some trivial affair 
Or noisy, insolent, sport, 
Beauty that we have won         5
From bitterest hours; 
Yet we, had we walked within 
Those topless towers 
Where Helen walked with her boy, 
Had given but as the rest  10
Of the men and women of Troy, 
A word and a jest. 


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