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  •  thanks emmet! (3+ / 0-)
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    I had read that long ago but couldn't find it for the diary. Yeats had a complicated relationship with the sisters, to say the least.

    •  You're welcome (6+ / 0-)

      I found it in my handy Norton's Anthology, which has accompanied me through a long and misspent life.  This is a little off topic, but I hope you'll forgive my posting another 1916-related poem, this one written by Padraic Pearse, allegedly the night before his execution:

                  THE WAYFARER

      The beauty of the world hath made me sad,
      This beauty that will pass;
      Sometimes my heart hath shaken with great joy
      To see a leaping squirrel in a tree,
      Or a red lady-bird upon a stalk,
      Or little rabbits in a field at evening,
      Lit by a slanting sun,
      Or some green hill where shadows drifted by
      Some quiet hill where mountainy man hath sown
      And soon would reap; near to the gate of Heaven;
      Or children with bare feet upon the sands
      Of some ebbed sea, or playing on the streets
      Of little towns in Connacht,
      Things young and happy.
      And then my heart hath told me:
      These will pass,
      Will pass and change, will die and be no more,
      Things bright and green, things young and happy;
      And I have gone upon my way
      Sorrowful.

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