William Butler Yeats
The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water (1904)

 

I heard the old, old men say,

 

"Everything alters,

 

And one by one we drop away."

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They had hands like claws, and their knees

 

Were twisted like the old thorn trees

 

By the waters.

 

I heard the old, old men say,

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"All thatís beautiful drifts away

 

Like the waters."