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

15. Lines written in Dejection


WHEN have I last looked on 
The round green eyes and the long wavering bodies 
Of the dark leopards of the moon? 
All the wild witches, those most noble ladies, 
For all their broom-sticks and their tears,         5
Their angry tears, are gone. 
The holy centaurs of the hills are banished; 
I have nothing but the harsh sun; 
Heroic mother moon has vanished, 
And now that I have come to fifty years  10
I must endure the timid sun. 


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