A speckled cat and a tame hare Eat at my hearthstone And sleep there; And both look up to me alone For learning and defence As I look up to Providence. I start out of my sleep to think Some day I may forget Their food [and]
drink; Or, the house door left unshut, The hare may run till it's found The horn's sweet note and the tooth of the hound. I bear a burden that might well try Men that do all by rule, And what can I That am a wandering-witted fool But pray to God that He ease My great responsibilities?
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Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, Later Poems, Macmillan and Co., London, 1926, page 313.
- by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), no title, appears in The Wild Swans at Coole, in Two Songs of a Fool, no. 1, first published 1919 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Stanley Grill (b. 1953), "Two Songs of a Fool I", copyright © 1977 [soprano and piano], from Six Songs, no. 4, confirmed with an online score [ sung text verified 1 time]
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