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

9. A Song


I THOUGHT no more was needed 
Youth to prolong 
Than dumb-bell and foil 
To keep the body young. 
Oh, who could have foretold         5
That the heart grows old? 
  
Though I have many words, 
What woman’s satisfied, 
I am no longer faint 
Because at her side?  10
Oh, who could have foretold 
That the heart grows old? 
  
I have not lost desire 
But the heart that I had, 
I thought ’twould burn my body  15
Laid on the death-bed. 
But who could have foretold 
That the heart grows old? 


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