Quotation by W.H. Auden

Only the sculptors and the poets were half sad,
And the pert retinue from the magician's house
Grumbled and went elsewhere. The vanquished powers were glad
To be invisible and free:
W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907–1973), Anglo-American poet, essayist. Sonnets from China (l. 9–12).

Son. Juvenilia; Poems, 1922-1928 [W. H. Auden]. Katherine Bucknell, ed. (1994) Princeton University Press.
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