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

37. The Saint and the Hunchback


Hunchback.STAND up and lift your hand and bless 
A man that finds great bitterness 
In thinking of his lost renown. 
A Roman Caesar is held down 
Under this hump.         5
  
Saint.God tries each man 
According to a different plan. 
I shall not cease to bless because 
I lay about me with the taws 
That night and morning I may thrash  10
Greek Alexander from my flesh, 
Augustus Caesar, and after these 
That great rogue Alcibiades. 
  
Hunchback.To all that in your flesh have stood 
And blessed, I give my gratitude,  15
Honoured by all in their degrees, 
But most to Alcibiades. 


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