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Poem Title:  Running To Paradise

Poem Category:  General Poems

Poet:  William Butler Yeats

Poet Biography: 
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was a poet whose influences include The Occult, symbolism and Irish political independance

As I came over windy gap
they threw a halfpenny into my cap.
For I am running to paradise;
And all that I need do is to wish
and somebody puts his hand in the dish
to throw me a bit of salted fish:
And there the king is but as the beggar.
my brother Mourteen is worn out
with skelping his big brawling lout,
and I am running to paradise;
A poor life, do what he can,
and though he keep a dog and a gun,
a serving-maid and a serving-man:
And there the king is but as the beggar.
Poor men have grown to be rich men,
and rich men grown to be poor again,
and I am running to paradise;
And many a darling wit's grown dull
that tossed a bare heel when at school,
now it has filled a old sock full:
And there the king is but as the beggar.
The wind is old and still at play
while I must hurry upon my way.
For I am running to paradise;
Yet never have I lit on a friend
To take my fancy like the wind
that nobody can buy or bind:
And there the king is but as the beggar.

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