CHAPTER XVII
A SIXTY-YEAR-OLD SMILING PUBLIC MAN

In Sicily and in Rome--Speech on Divorce-New Poems
--Philosophical Studies; Correspondence with Sturge
Moore--Work in the Senate; Assassination of Kevin
O'Higgins--The New Coinage--Oedipus Rex; Sean
O'Casey and The Silver Tassie--Seville and Cannes--
At Rapallo with Ezra Pound; Retirement from the Senate

The people of Burke and of Grattan
That gave, though free to refuse--
Pride, like that of the morn,
When the headlong light is loose,
Or that of the fabulous horn,
Or that of the sudden shower
When all streams are dry,
Or that of the hour
When the swan must fix his eye
Upon a fading gleam,
Float out upon a long
Last reach of glittering stream
And there sing his last song.


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