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

34. A Prayer on going into my House

GOD grant a blessing on this tower and cottage 
And on my heirs, if all remain unspoiled, 
No table, or chair or stool not simple enough 
For shepherd lads in Galilee; and grant 
That I myself for portions of the year         5
May handle nothing and set eyes on nothing 
But what the great and passionate have used 
Throughout so many varying centuries. 
We take it for the norm; yet should I dream 
Sinbad the sailor’s brought a painted chest,  10
Or image, from beyond the Loadstone Mountain 
That dream is a norm; and should some limb of the devil 
Destroy the view by cutting down an ash 
That shades the road, or setting up a cottage 
Planned in a government office, shorten his life,  15
Manacle his soul upon the Red Sea bottom. 



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