A Critical Edition of Yeats’s a Vision (1925) by George Mills Harper, Walter Kelly Hood (eds.)

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A couple of old friends died of their injuries, and that, and certain evil results of another kind, turned me for a long time from my favourite studies. I had all through my early life periods of pleasure, or at least of excitement, that altemated with periods of asceticism. 0 Rome, and from Rome to Vienna, in pursuit of a ballet dancer, and in Vienna we quarrelled. I tried to forget my sorrow in wine, but in a few weeks I had tired of that, and then, with some faint stirring of the old intereat I went to Cracow, partly because of its fame as a centre of printing, but more I think because Dr.

All other students who were once friends or friends• friends were dead or estranged. Florence Farr coming to her fiftieth year, dreading old age and fading beauty, had made a decision we all dreamt of at one time or another, and accepted a position as English ix 5 10 15 20 teacher in a native school in Ceylon that she might study oriental thought, and had died there. Another had become a Buddhist monk, and some ten years ago a traveller of my acquaintance found him in -a 5 Burmese monastery. A third lived through that strange adventure, perhaps the strangest of all adventures-Platonic love.

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