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William Butler Yeats (Уильям Батлер Йейтс)


A Prayer For Old Age


God guard me from those thoughts men think
In the mind alone;
He that sings a lasting song
Thinks in a marrow-bone;

From all that makes a wise old man
That can be praised of all;
O what am I that I should not seem
For the song's sake a fool?

I pray -- for word is out
And prayer comes round again --
That I may seem, though I die old,
A foolish, passionate man. 



William Butler Yeats's other poems:
  1. Parnell's Funeral
  2. Under Ben Bulben
  3. The Municipal Gallery Revisited
  4. The Circus Animals' Desertion
  5. Crazy Jane Talks With The Bishop


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