CHAPTER XX
OLD AGE

Stay at Majorca with a Swami--Patriotic Ballads--Ox-
ford Anthology--London Broadcasts--Visits to Sussex--
A Gift from America--A Vision Reconsidered

Picture and book remain,
An acre of green grass
For air and exercise,
Now strength of body goes;
Midnight, an old house
Where nothing stirs but a mouse.
. . .
Grant me an old man's frenzy . . .

IN NOVEMBER 1935 Yeats published A Full Moon in March and with it an earlier version, The King of the Great Clock Tower, "Parnell's Funeral", "Supernatural Songs" and the "Prayer"--scarcely necessary, one would think--that he might be saved "From all that makes a wise old man That can be praised of all". The next his friends heard of him was that he was off for a winter in Majorca with Shri Purohit Swami, a serious and respectable companion, for a rest-cure and collaboration in a translation of the Upanishads. His mind was full of Asia, where Hegel says every civilisation begins, no matter what its geographical origin, and it was in vain that F. R. Higgins pointed out to him merits in the Church of Ireland. One could (said Higgins)

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  • Title Page iii
  • Prefatory Note v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Chapter I - Family and Early Associations 1
  • Chapter II - Schooldays 24
  • Chapter III - London (1887-91) 59
  • Chapter IV - Death of Parnel After An After 85
  • Chapter V - Mysticism in Prose and Verse 109
  • Chapter VII - Theatre and Politics: Maud Gonne 152
  • Chapter VIII - Out of Twilight 186
  • Chapter IX - The Abbey Theatre 215
  • Chapter X - Plays and Controversies 229
  • Chapter XI - Variety (1910-12) 259
  • Chapter XII - Responsibilities 280
  • Chapter XIII - Nineteen-Sixteen 295
  • Chapter XIV - Marriage 327
  • Chapter XV - Oxford 346
  • Chapter XVI - Meditations in Time of Civil War 366
  • Chapter XVII - A Sixty-Year-Old Smiling Public Man 391
  • Chapter XVIII - Wheels and Butterflies 427
  • Chapter XIX - Riversdale 462
  • Chapter XX - Old Age 475
  • Notes 515
  • Bibliography 519
  • Index 521
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