From ‘The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth’
“Live like the wind, he said, “unfettered,
And love me while you can;
And when you will, and can be bettered,
Go to the better man.’
–Countee Cullen (found here)
From ‘Under Ben Bulben’
Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!
–W.B. Yeats (found here)
From Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery:’
“Well, now.” Mr. Summers said soberly, “guess we better get started, get this over with, so’s we can go back to work. Anybody ain’t here?’
The PDF of ‘The Lottery’ was found at Middlebury College, of all places.
Maybe it’s time for another read?:
Never give all the heart
Never give all the heart, for love
Will hardly seem worth thinking of
To passionate women if it seem
Certain, and they never dream
That it fades out from kiss to kiss;
For everything that’s lovely is
But a brief, dreamy, kind delight.
O never give the heart outright,
For they, for all smooth lips can say,
Have given their hearts up to the play.
And who could play it well enough
If deaf and dumb and blind with love?
He that made this knows all the cost,
For he gave all his heart and lost.
–William Butler Yeats