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Poem Title:  The Statesman's Holiday

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



Poem: 
I Lived among great houses,
riches drove out rank,
base drove out the better blood,
and mind and body shrank.
No Oscar ruled the table,
but I'd a troop of friends
that knowing better talk had gone
talked of odds and ends.
some knew what ailed the world
but never said a thing,
so I have picked a better trade
and night and morning sing:
Tall dames go walking in grass-green avalon.

Am I a great lord chancellor
that slept upon the Sack?
Commanding officer that tore
the khaki from his back?
Or am I de valera,
or the King of Greece,
or the man that made the motors?
Ach, call me what you please!
here's a montenegrin lute,
and its old sole string
makes me sweet music
and I delight to sing:
Tall dames go walking in grass-green avalon.

with boys and girls about him.
with any sort of clothes,
with a hat out of fashion,
with Old patched shoes,
with a ragged bandit cloak,
with an eye like a hawk,
with a stiff straight back,
with a strutting turkey walk.
with a bag full of pennies,
with a monkey on a chain,
with a great cock's feather,
with an old foul tune.
Tall dames go walking in grass-green avalon.


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