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Poem by William Butler Yeats


Beautiful Lofty Things


BEAUTIFUL lofty things: O'Leary's noble head;
My father upon the Abbey stage, before him a raging crowd:
'This Land of Saints,' and then as the applause died out,
'Of plaster Saints'; his beautiful mischievous head thrown back.
Standish O'Grady supporting himself between the tables
Speaking to a drunken audience high nonsensical words;
Augusta Gregory seated at her great ormolu table,
Her eightieth winter approaching: 'Yesterday he threatened my life.
I told him that nightly from six to seven I sat at this table,
The blinds drawn up'; Maud Gonne at Howth station waiting a train,
Pallas Athene in that straight back and arrogant head:
All the Olympians; a thing never known again. 



William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats's other poems:
  1. Dream of a Blessed Spirit
  2. To a Shade
  3. Quarrel in Old Age
  4. The Grey Rock
  5. To Be Carved on a Stone at Ballylee


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