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Teach the free man how to praise

March 4, 2010

Follow, poet, follow right

To the bottom of the night,

With your unconstraining voice

Still persuade us to rejoice;

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With the farming of a verse

Make a vineyard of the curse,

Sing of human unsuccess

In a rapture of distress;

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In the deserts of the heart

Let the healing fountain start,

In the prison of his days

Teach the free man how to praise.

-W.H. Auden, from In Memory of W.B. Yeats

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