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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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- 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
Line count: 12
Word count: 72
Têtes chauves oublieuses de leurs péchés, Vieilles, éduquées, de respectables têtes chauves Éditent et annotent les lignes Que de jeunes hommes jetés sur leurs lits Rimèrent sur leurs désespoirs d'amour Pour flatter les oreilles ignorantes des beautés . Ils tousseront dans l'encre jusqu'à la fin du monde ; De leurs chaussures useront le tapis En gagnant le respect ; ils n'ont pas d'étrange ami ; S'ils ont péché, personne ne le sait. Seigneur, que diraient-ils Si leur Catulle suivait ce chemin ?
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- a text in English by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), "The scholars", appears in The Wild Swans at Coole, first published 1919
This text was added to the website: 2015-12-29
Line count: 12
Word count: 82