Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ALL THINGS CAN TEMPT ME, by WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS



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ALL THINGS CAN TEMPT ME, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: All things can tempt me from this craft of verse
Last Line: Colder and dumber and deafer than a fish.
Alternate Author Name(s): Yeats, W. B.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Temptation


All things can tempt me from this craft of verse:
One time it was a woman's face, or worse --
The seeming needs of my fool-driven land'
Now nothing but comes readier to the hand
Than this accustomed toil. When I was young.
I had not given a penny for a song
Did not the poet sing it with such airs
That one believed he had a sword upstairs;
Yet would be now, could I but have my wish,
Colder and dumber and deafer than a fish.





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