BEAUTIFUL lofty things: O’Leary’s noble head;
My father upon the Abbey stage, before him a raging crowd:
“This Land of Saints,” and then as the applause died out,
“Of plaster Saints”; his beautiful mischievous head thrown back.
Standish O’Grady supporting himself between the tables
Speaking to a drunken audience high nonsensical words;
Augusta Gregory seated at her great ormolu table,
Her eightieth winter approaching: “Yesterday he threatened my life.
I told him that nightly from six to seven I sat at this table,
The blinds drawn up”; Maud Gonne at Howth station waiting a train,
Pallas Athene in that straight back and arrogant head:
All the Olympians; a thing never known again.
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