14 September 2008

The Scholars

William Butler Yeats

Bald heads forgetful of their sins,

Old, learned, respectable bald heads

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That young men, tossing on their beds,

Rhumed out in love's despair

To flatter beauty's ignorant ear.


All shuffle there, all cough in ink;

All wear the carpet with their shoes;

All think what other people think;

All know the man their neighbor knows.

Lord, what would they say

Did their Catullus walk that way?


6 comments:

Sean Jeating said...

Good old WBY. :)

jams o donnell said...

Welll worth rolling out eh?

Richard Havers said...

Great glasses!

jams o donnell said...

Timeless eh?

Pagan Sphinx said...

A friend of mine calls him Billy the Butler. :-) I find him so intense looking and of course, he is one of the great poet-geniuses.

jams o donnell said...

Absolutely Sphinx!