Posted on Apr 24, 2012 in Quote | Comments Off on Auden

O the striped and vigorous tiger can move
With style through the borough of murder; the ape
Is really at home in the parish
Of grimacing and licking: but we have Failed as their pupils. Our tears well from a love
We have never outgrown; our cities predictMore than we hope; even our armies
Have to express our need of forgiveness.

W H AudenĀ  (1907-73)