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

35. The Consolation

I HAD this thought awhile ago, 
‘My darling cannot understand 
What I have done, or what would do 
In this blind bitter land.’ 
And I grew weary of the sun         5
Until my thoughts cleared up again, 
Remembering that the best I have done 
Was done to make it plain; 
That every year I have cried, ‘At length 
My darling understands it all,  10
Because I have come into my strength, 
And words obey my call.’ 
That had she done so who can say 
What would have shaken from the sieve? 
I might have thrown poor words away  15
And been content to live. 



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