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The Apparitions

 Because there is safety in derision
I talked about an apparition,
I took no trouble to convince,
Or seem plausible to a man of sense.
Distrustful of thar popular eye Whether it be bold or sly.
Fifteen apparitions have I seen; The worst a coat upon a coat-hanger.
I have found nothing half so good As my long-planned half solitude, Where I can sit up half the night With some friend that has the wit Not to allow his looks to tell When I am unintelligible.
Fifteen apparitions have I seen; The worst a coat upon a coat-hanger.
When a man grows old his joy Grows more deep day after day, His empty heart is full at length, But he has need of all that strength Because of the increasing Night That opens her mystery and fright.
Fifteen apparitions have I seen; The worst a coat upon a coat-hanger.

by William Butler Yeats
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