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  1. "The Second Coming"
    by William Butler Yeats
  2. Turning and turning in the widening gyre
  3. The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
  4. Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
  5. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
  6. The blood-dimmed tide is loosed,
    and everywhere
  7. The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
  8. The best lack all conviction,
    while the worst
  9. Are full of passionate intensity.
  10. Surely some revelation is at hand;
  11. Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
  12. The Second Coming!
    Hardly are those words out
  13. When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
  14. Troubles my sight: somewhere
    in sands of the desert
  15. A shape with lion body
    and the head of a man,
  16. A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
  17. Is moving its slow thighs,
    while all about it
  18. Reel shadows of
    the indignant desert birds.
  19. The darkness drops again; but now I know
  20. That twenty centuries of stony sleep
  21. Were vexed to nightmare
    by a rocking cradle,
  22. And what rough beast,
    its hour come round at last,
  23. Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?