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William Butler Yeats

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

Two Years Later


HAS no one said those daring
Kind eyes should be more learn'd?
Or warned you how despairing
The moths are when they are burned?
I could have warned you; but you are young,
So we speak a different tongue.
O you will take whatever's offered
And dream that all the world's a friend,
Suffer as your mother suffered,
Be as broken in the end.
But I am old and you are young,
And I speak a barbarous tongue.

Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2001
Edited: Thursday, May 17, 2001

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