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First Line: The brawling of a sparrow in the eaves
Last Line: No occasion to.
Alternate Author Name(s): Yeats, W. B.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints

The brawling of a sparrow in the eaves.
The brilliant moon and the milky sky,
And all that famous harmony of leaves.
Had blotted out man's image and his cry.

A girl arose that had red mournful lips
And seemed the greatness of the world in tears,
Doomed like Odysseus and the labouring ships
And proud as Priam murdered with his peers;

Arose, and on the instant of clamorous eaves,
A climbing moon upon an empty sky,
And all that lamentation of the leaves,
Could but compose man's image and his cry.

You cannot hope
to bribe or twist,
thank God! the
British journalist.

But, seeing what
the man will do
unbribed, there's
no occasion to.

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