A Prayer for Old Age

A Prayer for Old Age

Original Text

Yeats, William Butler. W. B. Yeats: Selected Poetry: 175-176. Ed. by A. Norman Jeffares. London: Macmillan, 1968.

1God guard me from those thoughts men think
2In the mind alone;
3He that sings a lasting song
4Thinks in a marrow-bone;
5From all that makes a wise old man
6That can be praised of all;
7O what am I that I should not seem
8For the song's sake a fool?
9I pray--for fashion's word is out
10And prayer comes round again --
11That I may seem, though I die old,
12A foolish, passionate man.
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Publication Notes

A Full Moon in March, 1935.

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Ian Lancashire, assisted by Ana Berdinskikh
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