Collected Poems, by William Butler Yeats

The Three Monuments

THEY hold their public meetings where

Our most renowned patriots stand,

One among the birds of the air,

A stumpier on either hand;

And all the popular statesmen say

That purity built up the State

And after kept it from decay;

And let all base ambition be,

For intellect would make us proud

And pride bring in impurity:

The three old rascals laugh aloud.

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