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THE FOLLY OF BEING COMFORTED, by         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: One that is ever kind said yesterday
Last Line: You'd know the folly of being comforted.
Alternate Author Name(s): Yeats, W. B.
Subject(s): Aging; Love


One that is ever kind said yesterday:
'Your well-beloved's hair has threads of grey,
And little shadows come about her eyes;
Time can but make it easier to be wise
Though now it's hard, till trouble is at an end;
And so be patient, be wise and patient, friend.'
But heart, there is no comfort, not a grain.
Time can but make her beauty over again
Because of that great nobleness of hers;
The fire that stirs about her, when she stirs,
Burns but more clearly; O she had not these ways
When all the wild summer was in her gaze.
O heart, O heart! if she'd but turn her head,
You'd know the folly of being comforted.




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