by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

The scholars
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
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.

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?

Confirmed with Yeats, William Butler. The Wild Swans at Coole, New York: The Macmillan company, 1919. The first of two versions.


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Set in a modified version by Joseph Eidson.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Les érudits", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2014-01-10
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