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Yeats [by George Charles Beresford, 1911]

A Coat
by William Butler Yeats
from Responsibilities [1914]




I made my song a coat
Covered with embroideries
Out of old mythologies
From heel to throat;
But the fools caught it,
Wore it in the world’s eyes
As though they’d wrought it.
Song, let them take it
For there’s more enterprise
In walking naked.


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