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William Butler Yeats

(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

Imitated From The Japanese


A MOST astonishing thing --
Seventy years have I lived;

(Hurrah for the flowers of Spring,
For Spring is here again.)

Seventy years have I lived
No ragged beggar-man,
Seventy years have I lived,
Seventy years man and boy,
And never have I danced for joy.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Edited: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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