Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition
Supernatural Songs (Author: William Butler Yeats)

part 12


  1. Civilisation is hooped together, brought
    Under a rule, under the semblance of peace
    By manifold illusion; but man's life is thought,
    And he, despite his terror, cannot cease
    Ravening through century after century,
    Ravening, raging, and uprooting that he may come
    Into the desolation of reality:
    Egypt and Greece, good-bye, and good-bye, Rome!
    Hermits upon Mount Meru or Everest,
    Caverned in night under the drifted snow,
    Or where that snow and winter's dreadful blast
    Beat down upon their naked bodies, know
    That day brings round the night, that before dawn
    His glory and his monuments are gone.