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To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Nothing - Poem by William Butler Yeats

NOW all the truth is out,
Be secret and take defeat
From any brazen throat,
For how can you compete,
Being honour bred, with one
Who, were it proved he lies,
Were neither shamed in his own
Nor in his neighbours' eyes?
Bred to a harder thing
Than Triumph, turn away
And like a laughing string
Whereon mad fingers play
Amid a place of stone,
Be secret and exult,
Because of all things known
That is most difficult.


Comments about To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Nothing by William Butler Yeats

  • Rookie Harriet James (10/9/2012 2:40:00 PM)

    Still so true for today's workplace (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Dennis Ellenburg (6/26/2007 11:37:00 AM)

    one of the greater poems ever written. illustrates basest human character and the only possible repsonse. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Friend

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  2. 2. The Friend , Marge Piercy
  3. 3. A Bottle And Friend , Robert Burns
  4. 4. My Friend, The Parking Lot Attendant , Charles Bukowski
  5. 5. Thinking Of A Friend At Night , Hermann Hesse
  6. 6. A Shady Friend For Torrid Days , Emily Dickinson
  7. 7. A True Friend , Brandi Young
  8. 8. A Prison Gets To Be A Friend , Emily Dickinson
  9. 9. A Confession To A Friend In Trouble , Thomas Hardy
  10. 10. My Friend , Rabindranath Tagore
  11. 11. Friend , Rabindranath Tagore
  12. 12. To A Friend , Amy Lowell
  13. 13. You Smile Upon Your Friend To-Day , Alfred Edward Housman
  14. 14. Your Catfish Friend , Richard Brautigan
  15. 15. To A Friend Who Sent Me Some Roses , John Keats
  16. 16. My Friend Mary , Ernestine Northover
  17. 17. Taking Leave Of A Friend , Ezra Pound
  18. 18. To A Friend , William Carlos Williams
  19. 19. Taking Leave Of A Friend , Li Po
  20. 20. The Best Friend , William Henry Davies
  21. 21. Farewell My Friend , Sylvia Chidi
  22. 22. To A Friend , Matthew Arnold
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  24. 24. Mock Panegyric On A Young Friend , Jane Austen
  25. 25. To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies , William Carlos Williams
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  27. 27. A Dead Friend , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  28. 28. A Friend In Need, A Friend Indeed , Meggie Gultiano
  29. 29. To A Friend Going Blind , Jorie Graham
  30. 30. A Best Friend , James Ruka
  31. 31. My Most Distinguished Guest And Learned .. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  32. 32. Fear Not, Dear Friend, But Freely Live Y.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  33. 33. Last Words To A Dumb Friend , Thomas Hardy
  34. 34. Friend And Foe , Friedrich Schiller
  35. 35. A Friend Sends Her Perfumed Carriage , Li Ching Chao
  36. 36. To A Republican Friend , Matthew Arnold
  37. 37. The Death Of A Friend , John W. Litteral
  38. 38. The Lost Friend , Amy Levy
  39. 39. My Imaginary Friend (Children) , C.J. Heck
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  41. 41. My Friend, My Friend , Anne Sexton
  42. 42. A Departed Friend , Julia Ann Moore
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  48. 48. A Blind Friend , David Darbyshire
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