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Yeats, W B - The Phases of the Moon - And now he seeks in book or manuscript What he shall never find

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007940

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And what shall he never find? - inspiration

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W B Yeats – from Selected Poetry
from The Phases of the Moon

Aherne  What made that sound?

Robartes  A rat or water hen splashed, or an otter slid into the stream,
We are on the bridge; that shadow is the tower
And the light proves that he is reading still,
He has found, after the manner of his kind
Mere images; chosen this place to live in
Because, it may be, of the candle light
From the far tower  where Milton's Platonist
Sat late, or Shelley's visionary prince:
The lonely light that Samuel Palmer engraved,
An image of mysterious wisdom won by toil;
And now he seeks in book or manuscript
What he shall never find

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Yeats, W B

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