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Yeats [by George Charles Beresford, 1911]
The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water
by William Butler Yeats
from In the Seven Woods (1904)


I heard the old, old men say,
“Everything alters,
And one by one we drop away.”
They had hands like claws, and their knees
Were twisted like the old thorn-trees
By the waters.
I heard the old, old men say,
“All that’s beautiful drifts away
Like the waters.”


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