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W.B. Yeats (1865–1939).  The Wild Swans at Coole.  1919.

10. To a Young Beauty


DEAR fellow-artist, why so free 
With every sort of company, 
With every Jack and Jill? 
Choose your companions from the best; 
Who draws a bucket with the rest         5
Soon topples down the hill. 
  
You may, that mirror for a school, 
Be passionate, not bountiful 
As common beauties may, 
Who were not born to keep in trim  10
With old Ezekiel’s cherubim 
But those of Beaujolet. 
  
I know what wages beauty gives, 
How hard a life her servant lives, 
Yet praise the winters gone;  15
There is not a fool can call me friend, 
And I may dine at journey’s end 
With Landor and with Donne. 


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