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W.B. Yeats (1865–1939).  Responsibilities and Other Poems.  1916.

21. The Mountain Tomb

POUR wine and dance if Manhood still have pride, 
Bring roses if the rose be yet in bloom; 
The cataract smokes upon the mountain side, 
Our Father Rosicross is in his tomb. 
Pull down the blinds, bring fiddle and clarionet         5
That there be no foot silent in the room 
Nor mouth from kissing, nor from wine unwet; 
Our Father Rosicross is in his tomb. 
In vain, in vain; the cataract still cries 
The everlasting taper lights the gloom;  10
All wisdom shut into his onyx eyes 
Our Father Rosicross sleeps in his tomb. 



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