(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

A Model For The Laureate

ON thrones from China to Peru
All sorts of kings have sat
That men and women of all sorts
proclaimed both good and great;
And what's the odds if such as these
For reason of the State
Should keep their lovers waiting,
Keep their lovers waiting?
Some boast of beggar-kings and kings
Of rascals black and white
That rule because a strong right arm
Puts all men in a fright,
And drunk or sober live at ease
Where none gainsay their right,
And keep their lovers waiting,
Keep their lovers waiting.
The Muse is mute when public men
Applaud a modern throne:
Those cheers that can be bought or sold,
That office fools have run,
That waxen seal, that signature.
For things like these what decent man
Would keep his lover waiting,
Keep his lover waiting?

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" What decent man would keep his lover waiting" Price paid for the throne criticized in the superb poetic expression.
It's the old, timeless story, oft lamented, of the tug between duty (and obligations) , v.s. family and emotional ties.
Well articulated. Kingsley Egbukole
Nation is supreme. Love is not. So one has to attend the call of the nation first. Love can wait. Very insightful poem with a nice flow. Thanks for sharing.
Lovers can wait but not duties of a nation except fools ever! Nice composition by W B Yeats!
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