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The Cold Heaven(1912)

W.B. Yeats

Suddenly I saw the cold and rook-delighting heaven
MeterSuddenly I saw the cold and rook-delighting heaven
That seemed as though ice burned and was but the more ice,
MeterThat seemed as though ice burned and was but the more ice,
And thereupon imagination and heart were driven
MeterAnd thereupon imagination and heart were driven
So wild that every casual thought of that and this
MeterSo wild that every casual thought of that and this
Vanished, and left but memories, that should be out of season
MeterVanished, and left but memories, that should be out of season
With the hot blood of youth, of love crossed long ago;
MeterWith the hot blood of youth, of love crossed long ago;
And I took all the blame out of all sense and reason,
MeterAnd I took all the blame out of all sense and reason,
Until I cried and trembled and rocked to and fro,
MeterUntil I cried and trembled and rocked to and fro,
Riddled with light. Ah! when the ghost begins to quicken,
MeterRiddled with light. Ah! when the ghost begins to quicken,
Confusion of the death-bed over, is it sent
MeterConfusion of the death-bed over, is it sent
Out naked on the roads, as the books say, and stricken
MeterOut naked on the roads, as the books say, and stricken
By the injustice of the skies for punishment?
MeterBy the injustice of the skies for punishment?

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