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Right of Passage - De File
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Right of Passage
From William Butler Yeats, The Wild Swans at Coole--
The Scholars
Bald heads forgetful of their sins
Old, learned, respectable bald heads
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That young men, tossing on their beds,
Rhymed out in love's despair
To flatter beauty's ignorant ear.

All shuffle there; all cough in ink;
All wear the carpet with their shoes;
All think what other people think;
All know the man their neighbor knows.
Lord, what would they say
Did their Catullus walk that way?

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