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Yeats [by George Charles Beresford, 1911]

The Lover Pleads with His Friend for Old Friends
by William Butler Yeats
from The Wind Among the Reeds (London: Elkin Mathews, 1899)

Though you are in your shining days,
Voices among the crowd
And new friends busy with your praise,
Be not unkind or proud,
But think of old friends the most:
Times bitter flood may rise,
Your beauty perish and be lost
For all eyes but these eyes.  


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