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Йейтс Уильям Батлер
«Стихи. (В переводах разных авторов)»

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were songs made for me; there have been many songs made for me. I heard one on the wind this morning. [She sings.]


Do not make a great keening When the graves have been dug to-morrow. Do not call the white-scarfed riders To the burying that shall be to-morrow.


Do not spread food to call strangers To the wakes that shall be to-morrow; Do not give money for prayers For the dead that shall die to-morrow …


they will have no need of prayers, they will have no need of prayers.


MICHAEL. I do not know what that song means, but tell me something I can do for you.


PETER. Come over to me, Michael.


MICHAEL. Hush, father, listen to her.


OLD WOMAN. It is a hard service they take that help me. Many that are red-cheeked now will be pale-cheeked; many that have been free to walk the hills and the bogs and the rushes will be sent to walk hard streets in far countries; many a good plan will be broken; many that have gathered money will not stay to spend it; many a child will be born, and there will be no father at its christening to give it a name. They that had red cheeks will have pale cheeks for my sake; and for all that, they will think they are well paid.


[She goes out; her voice is heard outside singing.]


They shall be remembered for ever, They shall be alive for ever, They shall be speaking for ever, The people shall hear them for ever.


BRIDGET [to PETER]. Look at him, Peter; he has

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