Sunday, March 19, 2006

yeats: the choice

The intellect of man is forced to choose
Perfection of the life, or of the work,
And if it take the second must refuse
A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.
When all that story's finished, what's the news?
In luck or out the toil has left its mark:
That old perplexity an empty purse,
Or the day's vanity, the night's remorse.

The Choice
by William Butler Yeats
from The Winding Stair and Other Poems
(Pan Books, 1974)

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