Bald heads forgetful of their sins, Old, learned, respectable bald heads Edit and annotate the lines That young men, tossing on their beds, Rhymed out in love's despair To flatter beauty's ignorant ear. They'll cough in the ink to the world's end; Wear out the carpet with their shoes Earning respect; have no strange friend; If they have sinned nobody knows. Lord, what would they say Should their Catullus walk that way?
- by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), "The scholars", appears in The Wild Swans at Coole, first published 1919 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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