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Poem Title:  Tom The Lunatic

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: 
Sang old Tom the lunatic
that sleeps under the canopy:
'what change has put my thoughts astray
and eyes that had so keen a sight?
What has turned to smoking wick
nature's pure unchanging light?

'Huddon and Duddon and Daniel O'Leary.
Holy Joe, the beggar-man,
wenching, drinking, still remain
or sing a penance on the road;
something made these eyeballs weary
that blinked and saw them in a shroud.

'Whatever stands in field or flood,
bird, beast, fish or man,
mare or stallion, cock or hen,
stands in god's unchanging eye
in all the vigour of its blood;
in that faith I live or die.'


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