Being so caught up, So mastered by the brute blood of the air, Did she put on his knowledge with his power Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?
Leda and the Swan, st. 3
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.William Butler Yeats
I knew a phoenix in my youth, so let them have their day.William Butler Yeats
The official designs of the Government, especially its designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage, may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors of national taste.William Butler Yeats
Englishmen are babes in philosophy and so prefer faction-fighting to the labour of its unfamiliar thought.William Butler Yeats
O what fine thought we had because we thought That the worst rogues and rascals had died out.William Butler Yeats
Mock mockers after that That would not lift a hand maybe To help good, wise or great To bar that foul storm out, for we Traffic in mockery.William Butler Yeats
Odour of blood when Christ was slain Made all platonic tolerance vain And vain all Doric discipline.William Butler Yeats
Players and painted stage took all my love, And not those things that they were emblems of.William Butler Yeats
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