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

34. A Woman Homer sung

IF any man drew near 
When I was young, 
I thought, ‘He holds her dear,’ 
And shook with hate and fear. 
But oh, ’twas bitter wrong         5
If he could pass her by 
With an indifferent eye. 
Whereon I wrote and wrought, 
And now, being gray, 
I dream that I have brought  10
To such a pitch my thought 
That coming time can say, 
‘He shadowed in a glass 
What thing her body was.’ 
For she had fiery blood  15
When I was young, 
And trod so sweetly proud 
As ’twere upon a cloud, 
A woman Homer sung, 
That life and letters seem  20
But an heroic dream. 



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