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    And all the popular statesmen say
    That purity built up the State
    And after kept it from decay;
    Admonish us to cling to that
    And let all base ambition be,
    For intellect would make us proud....
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    White woman with numberless dreams,
    I bring you my passionate rhyme.
    —William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    Come, heart, where hill is heaped upon hill:
    For there the mystical brotherhood
    Of sun and moon and hollow and wood
    And river and stream work out their will....
    —William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    The women take so little stock
    In what I do or say
    They’d sooner leave their cosseting
    To hear a jackass bray....
    —William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)