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    The elaborate star-light throws a reflection
    On the dark stream,
    Till all the eddies gleam;
    And thereupon there comes that scream
    From terrified, invisible beast or bird:
    Image of poignant recollection.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    All dreams of the soul
    End in a beautiful man’s or woman’s body.
    —William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    Repentance keeps my heart impure;
    But what am I that dare
    Fancy that I can
    Better conduct myself or have more
    Sense than a common man?
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    We who are old, old and gay,
    O so old!
    Thousands of years, thousands of years,
    If all were told:
    —William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    “And did you keep no gold, Tom?
    You had three kegs,” said he.
    “I never thought of that, Sir;”
    “Then want before you die.”
    And want he did;
    —William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)