MacDiarmid quotes - 7 of
In spite of all their kind some elements of worth
With difficulty persist here and there on earth.
It is a God-damned lie to say that these
Saved, or knew, anything worth any man's pride.
Auden, MacNeice, Day Lewis, I have read them all,
Hoping against hope to hear the authentic call . . . ...
I shall go among red faces and virile voices,
See stylish sheep, with fine heads and well-wooled, ...
Auld Noah was at hame wi' them a',
The lion and the lamb, ...
An' when the earth's as cauld's the mune
An' a' its folk are lang syne deid, ...
The eternal lightning of Lenin's bones.
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