Yeatswas now writing lyrics again at something like his old pace (never a very rapid one) ; the lovers’ dialogue “ The Mask,” which was made for The Player Queen and took its place in his next volume Responsibilities, is a beautiful example of his work at this time, masculine and astringent, freed from nostalgic yearnings:
‘ Put off that mask of burning gold,
With emerald eyes.’
‘ O, no, my dear, you make so bold
To find if hearts be wild and wise,
And yet not cold….’
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© Anne Yeats and Michael B. Yeats 1962