William Butler Yeats

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

The Three Monuments Poem by William Butler Yeats


THEY hold their public meetings where
Our most renowned patriots stand,
One among the birds of the air,
A stumpier on either hand;
And all the popular statesmen say
That purity built up the State
And after kept it from decay;
And let all base ambition be,
For intellect would make us proud
And pride bring in impurity:
The three old rascals laugh aloud.

Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2001

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