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Terrible Beauty


I have passed with a nod of the head
Or polite meaningless words,
Or have lingered awhile and said
Polite meaningless words,
And thought before I had done
Of a mocking tale or a gibe
To please a companion
Around the fire at the club,
Being certain that they and I
But lived where motley is worn:
All changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.
--W. B. Yeats, Easter 1916

Image: An American airstrike in Syria in 2014. Airstrikes throughout the Middle East have led to billions of dollars in additional sales for weapons makers, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute released on Tuesday. Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press

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