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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
William Butler Yeats. 1865–
 
45. The Song of the Old Mother
 
I RISE in the dawn, and I kneel and blow 
Till the seed of the fire flicker and glow. 
And then I must scrub, and bake, and sweep, 
Till stars are beginning to blink and peep; 
But the young lie long and dream in their bed         5
Of the matching of ribbons, the blue and the red, 
And their day goes over in idleness, 
And they sigh if the wind but lift up a tress. 
While I must work, because I am old 
And the seed of the fire gets feeble and cold.  10
 
 
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