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Yeats on Good Reading vs. Bad Reading

W.B. Yeats (1865–1939).  The Wild Swans at Coole.  1919.

10. To a Young Beauty


DEAR fellow-artist, why so free  
With every sort of company,  
With every Jack and Jill?  
Choose your companions from the best;  
Who draws a bucket with the rest          5
Soon topples down the hill.  
  
You may, that mirror for a school,  
Be passionate, not bountiful  
As common beauties may,  
Who were not born to keep in trim   10
With old Ezekiel’s cherubim  
But those of Beaujolet.  
  
I know what wages beauty gives,  
How hard a life her servant lives,  
Yet praise the winters gone;   15
There is not a fool can call me friend,  
And I may dine at journey’s end  
With Landor and with Donne.

 
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