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    The dews drop slowly and dreams gather: unknown spears
    Suddenly hurtle before my dream-awakened eyes,
    And then the clash of fallen horsemen and the cries
    Of unknown perishing armies beat about my ears.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    If strange men come from the house
    To lead her away do not say
    That she is happy being crazy;
    Lead gently astray;
    Let her finish her dance,
    Let her finish her dance.
    —William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    Acquaintance; companion;
    One dear brilliant woman;
    The best-endowed, the elect,
    All by their youth undone,
    All, all, by that inhuman
    Bitter glory wrecked.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    I sought a theme and sought for it in vain,
    I sought it daily for six weeks or so.
    —William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
    Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
    Caught in that sensual music all neglect
    Monuments of unaging intellect.
    —William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)