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    William Butler Yeats - Why Should Not Old Men Be Mad?

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    William Butler Yeats - Why Should Not Old Men Be Mad? - Read by Cyril Cusack

    Why Should Not Old Men Be Mad?
    by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

    Why should not old men be mad?
    Some have known a likely lad
    That had a sound fly-fisher's wrist
    Turn to a drunken journalist;
    A girl that knew all Dante once
    Live to bear children to a dunce;
    A Helen of social welfare dream,
    Climb on a wagonette to scream.
    Some think it a matter of course that chance
    Should starve good men and bad advance,
    That if their neighbours figured plain,
    As though upon a lighted screen,
    No single story would they find
    Of an unbroken happy mind,
    A finish worthy of the start.
    Young men know nothing of this sort,
    Observant old men know it well;
    And when they know what old books tell
    And that no better can be had,
    Know why an old man should be mad.