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Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium

Yeats Poems, 1927 


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An aged man is but a paltry thing,

A tattered coat upon a stick, unless

Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing

For every tatter in its mortal dress,

Nor is there singing school but studying

Monuments of its own magnificence;

And therefore I have sailed the seas and come

To the holy city of Byzantium.

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       Cf. Yeats, Byzantium (1930) - A History of the Byzantine Empire

K. Parker, Yeats and his two visions of Byzantium * Silverberg, Sailing to Byzantium, *
Aspects of Byzantium in Modern Popular Music (including music on Yeats' 1927 "Sailing to Byzantium", a song on Yeats' 1930 "Byzantium") * Byzantium & Modern Greece Resources  * Greek Orthodoxy - From Apostolic Times to the Present Day

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