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How shall I name you, immortal, mild, proud
shadows?
I only know that all we know comes from you,
And that you come from Eden on flying feet.
Is Eden far away, or do you hide
From human thought, as hares and mice and coneys
That run before the reaping-hook and lie
In the last ridge of barley? Do our woods
And winds and ponds cover more quiet woods,
More shining winds, more star-glimmering ponds?

Is Eden out of time and out of space?
And do you gather about us when pale light
Shining on water and fallen among leaves,
And winds blowing from flowers, and whirr of
feathers
And the green quiet, have uplifted the heart?

~ W. B. Yeats

 

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