by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

The four ages of Man
Language: English 
He with body waged a fight,
But body won; it walks upright.

Then he struggled with he heart;
Innocence and peace depart.

Then he struggled with the mind;
His proud heart he left behind.

Now his wars on God begin;
At stroke of midnight God shall win.

First published in London Mercury, December 1934 and Poetry, Chicago, December 1934


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This text was added to the website: 2009-01-19
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Word count: 47