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Yeats, W B - Collected poems - What if I bade you leave the cavern of the mind



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W B Yeats – Collected Poems

What if I bade you leave
The cavern of the mind?
There’s better exercise
In the sunlight and the wind

I never bade you go
To Moscow or to Rome
Renounce that drudgery
Call the Muses home.

Seek those images
That constitute the wild
The lion and the virgin
The harlot and the child

Find in middle air
An eagle on the wing
Recognise the five
That makes the Muses sing

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Yeats, W B

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