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

52. All Things can tempt me

ALL things can tempt me from this craft of verse: 
One time it was a woman’s face, or worse— 
The seeming needs of my fool-driven land; 
Now nothing but comes readier to the hand 
Than this accustomed toil. When I was young,         5
I had not given a penny for a song 
Did not the poet sing it with such airs 
That one believed he had a sword upstairs; 
Yet would be now, could I but have my wish, 
Colder and dumber and deafer than a fish.  10



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