Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop

Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop

Original Text

Yeats, William Butler. W. B. Yeats: Selected Poetry: 161. Ed. by A. Norman Jeffares. London: Macmillan, 1968.

1I met the Bishop on the road
2And much said he and I.
3'Those breasts are flat and fallen now,
4Those veins must soon be dry;
5Live in a heavenly mansion,
6Not in some foul sty.'
7'Fair and foul are near of kin,
8And fair needs foul,' I cried.
9'My friends are gone, but that's a truth
10Nor grave nor bed denied,
11Learned in bodily lowliness
12And in the heart's pride.
13'A woman can be proud and stiff
14When on love intent;
15But Love has pitched his mansion in
16The place of excrement;
17For nothing can be sole or whole
18That has not been rent.'
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Publication Notes

Words for Music Perhaps and Other Poems, 1932.

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