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

12. The Scholars


BALD heads forgetful of their sins, 
Old, learned, respectable bald heads 
Edit and annotate the lines 
That young men, tossing on their beds, 
Rhymed out in love’s despair         5
To flatter beauty’s ignorant ear. 
  
They’ll cough in the ink to the world’s end; 
Wear out the carpet with their shoes 
Earning respect; have no strange friend; 
If they have sinned nobody knows.  10
Lord, what would they say 
Should their Catullus walk that way? 


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