I slept on my three-leged stool by the fire, The speckled cat slept on my knee; We never thought to enquire Where the brown hare might be, And whether the door were shut. Who knows how she drank the wind Stretched up on two legs from the mat, Before she had settled her mind To drum with her heel and to leap: Had I but awakened from sleep And called her name, she had heard, It may be, and not have stirred, That now, it may be, has found The horn's sweet note and the tooth of the hound.
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Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, Later Poems, Macmillan and Co., London, 1926, page 314.
- by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), no title, appears in The Wild Swans at Coole, in Two Songs of a Fool, no. 2, 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 II", copyright © 1977 [soprano and piano], from Six Songs, no. 5, confirmed with an online score [ sung text verified 1 time]
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