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W.B. Yeats (1865–1939).  The Wild Swans at Coole.  1919.

16. The Dawn

I WOULD be ignorant as the dawn 
That has looked down 
On that old queen measuring a town 
With the pin of a brooch, 
Or on the withered men that saw         5
From their pedantic Babylon 
The careless planets in their courses, 
The stars fade out where the moon comes, 
And took their tablets and did sums; 
I would be ignorant as the dawn  10
That merely stood, rocking the glittering coach 
Above the cloudy shoulders of the horses; 
I would be—for no knowledge is worth a straw— 
Ignorant and wanton as the dawn. 



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