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TWO SONGS OF A FOOL: 1, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A speckled cat and a tame hare
Last Line: My great responsibilities?
Alternate Author Name(s): Yeats, W. B.
Subject(s): Fools; Pets; Idiots

A SPECKLED cat and a tame hare
Eat at my hearthstone
And sleep there;
And both look up to me alone
For learning and defence
As I look up to Providence.

I start out of my sleep to think
Some day I may forget
Their food and drink;
Or, the house door left unshut,
The hare may run till it's found
The horn's sweet note and the tooth of the hound.

I bear a burden that might well try
Men that do all by rule,
And what can I
That am a wandering-witted fool
But pray to God that He ease
My great responsibilities?

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