A Model For The Laureate By William Butler Yeats

A Model For The Laureate ON thrones from China to Peru All sorts of kings have sat That men and women of all sorts proclaimed…

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A Dramatic Poem By William Butler Yeats

A Dramatic Poem The deck of an ancient ship. At the right of the stage is the mast, with a large square sail hiding a…

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To His Heart, Bidding It Have No Fear By William Butler Yeats

To His Heart, Bidding It Have No Fear BE you still, be you still, trembling heart; Remember the wisdom out of the old days: Him…

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The Two Kings By William Butler Yeats

The Two Kings KING EOCHAID came at sundown to a wood Westward of Tara. Hurrying to his queen He had outridden his war-wasted men That…

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The Ragged Wood By William Butler Yeats

The Ragged Wood O HURRY where by water among the trees The delicate-stepping stag and his lady sigh, When they have but looked upon their…

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The Lady’s Third Song By William Butler Yeats

The Lady’s Third Song WHEN you and my true lover meet And he plays tunes between your feet. Speak no evil of the soul, Nor…

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The Death of Cuchulain By William Butler Yeats

The Death of Cuchulain The harlot sang to the beggar-man. I meet them face to face, Conall, Cuchulain, Usna’s boys, All that most ancient race;…

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Shepherd And Goatherd By William Butler Yeats

Shepherd And Goatherd Shepherd. That cry’s from the first cuckoo of the year. I wished before it ceased. Goatherd. Nor bird nor beast Could make…

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Mohini Chatterjee By William Butler Yeats

Mohini Chatterjee I ASKED if I should pray. But the Brahmin said, ‘pray for nothing, say Every night in bed, ‘I have been a king,…

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Fallen Majesty By William Butler Yeats

Fallen Majesty Although crowds gathered once if she but showed her face, And even old men’s eyes grew dim, this hand alone, Like some last…

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Baile And Aillinn By William Butler Yeats

Baile And Aillinn ARGUMENT. Baile and Aillinn were lovers, but Aengus, the Master of Love, wishing them to he happy in his own land among…

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A Man Young And Old I. First Love By William Butler Yeats

A Man Young And Old I. First Love Though nurtured like the sailing moon In beauty’s murderous brood, She walked awhile and blushed awhile And…

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What Was Lost By William Butler Yeats

What Was Lost I SING what was lost and dread what was won, I walk in a battle fought over again, My king a lost…

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Three Things By William Butler Yeats

Three Things `O cruel Death, give three things back,’ Sang a bone upon the shore; `A child found all a child can lack, Whether of…

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The Sorrow Of Love By William Butler Yeats

The Sorrow Of Love THE brawling of a sparrow in the eaves, The brilliant moon and all the milky sky, And all that famous harmony…

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The O’Rahilly By William Butler Yeats

The O’Rahilly SING of the O’Rahilly, Do not deny his right; Sing a ‘the’ before his name; Allow that he, despite All those learned historians,…

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The Happy Townland By William Butler Yeats

The Happy Townland THERE’S many a strong farmer Whose heart would break in two, If he could see the townland That we are riding to;…

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The Cat And The Moon By William Butler Yeats

The Cat And The Moon THE cat went here and there And the moon spun round like a top, And the nearest kin of the…

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Presences By William Butler Yeats

Presences THIS night has been so strange that it seemed As if the hair stood up on my head. From going-down of the sun I…

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He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven By William Butler Yeats

He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and…

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Crazy Jane On The Day Of Judgment By William Butler Yeats

Crazy Jane On The Day Of Judgment ‘Love is all Unsatisfied That cannot take the whole Body and soul’; And that is what Jane said….

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Alternative Song For The Severd Head In – The King Of The Great Clock Tower By William Butler Yeats

Alternative Song For The Severd Head In – The King Of The Great Clock Tower SADDLE and ride, I heard a man say, Out of…

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Two Songs Of A Fool By William Butler Yeats

Two Songs Of A Fool I A speckled cat and a tame hare Eat at my hearthstone And seep there; And both look up to…

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The Wild Swans At Coole By William Butler Yeats

The Wild Swans At Coole THE trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a…

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The Scholars By William Butler Yeats

The Scholars BALD heads forgetful of their sins, Old, learned, respectable bald heads Edit and annotate the lines That young men, tossing on their beds,…

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The Madness Of King Goll By William Butler Yeats

The Madness Of King Goll I SAT on cushioned otter-skin: My word was law from Ith to Emain, And shook at Inver Amergin The hearts…

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The Fascination Of What’s Difficult By William Butler Yeats

The Fascination Of What’s Difficult THE fascination of what’s difficult Has dried the sap out of my veins, and rent Spontaneous joy and natural content…

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That The Night Come By William Butler Yeats

That The Night Come SHE lived in storm and strife, Her soul had such desire For what proud death may bring That it could not…

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On A Political Prisoner By William Butler Yeats

On A Political Prisoner SHE that but little patience knew, From childhood on, had now so much A grey gull lost its fear and flew…

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Girl’s Song By William Butler Yeats

Girl’s Song I went out alone To sing a song or two, My fancy on a man, And you know who. Another came in sight…

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Colonel Martin By William Butler Yeats

Colonel Martin THE Colonel went out sailing, He spoke with Turk and Jew, With Christian and with Infidel, For all tongues he knew. ‘O what’s…

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A Woman Homer Sung By William Butler Yeats

A Woman Homer Sung IF any man drew near When I was young, I thought, ‘He holds her dear,’ And shook with hate and fear….

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A Memory Of Youth By William Butler Yeats

A Memory Of Youth THE moments passed as at a play; I had the wisdom love brings forth; I had my share of mother-wit, And…

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Young Man’s Song By William Butler Yeats

Young Man’s Song ‘She will change,’ I cried. ‘Into a withered crone.’ The heart in my side, That so still had lain, In noble rage…

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To Dorothy Wellesley By William Butler Yeats

To Dorothy Wellesley STRETCH towards the moonless midnight of the trees, As though that hand could reach to where they stand, And they but famous…

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The Travail Of Passion By William Butler Yeats

The Travail Of Passion WHEN the flaming lute-thronged angelic door is wide; When an immortal passion breathes in mortal clay; Our hearts endure the scourge,…

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The Poet Pleads With The Elemental Powers By William Butler Yeats

The Poet Pleads With The Elemental Powers THE Powers whose name and shape no living creature knows Have pulled the Immortal Rose; And though the…

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The Lady’s Second Song By William Butler Yeats

The Lady’s Second Song WHAT sort of man is coming To lie between your feet? What matter, we are but women. Wash; make your body…

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The Dancer At Cruachan And Cro-Patrick By William Butler Yeats

The Dancer At Cruachan And Cro-Patrick I, proclaiming that there is Among birds or beasts or men One that is perfect or at peace. Danced…

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Shepherd And Goatheard By William Butler Yeats

Shepherd And Goatheard Shepherd. That cry’s from the first cuckoo of the year. I wished before it ceased. Goatherd. Nor bird nor beast Could make…

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Michael Robartes And The Dancer By William Butler Yeats

Michael Robartes And The Dancer He. Opinion is not worth a rush; In this altar-piece the knight, Who grips his long spear so to push…

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Ephemera By William Butler Yeats

Ephemera ‘YOUR eyes that once were never weary of mine Are bowed in sotrow under pendulous lids, Because our love is waning.’ And then She:…

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At Galway Races By William Butler Yeats

At Galway Races THERE where the course is, Delight makes all of the one mind, The riders upon the galloping horses, The crowd that closes…

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A Man Young And Old By William Butler Yeats

A Man Young And Old I First Love THOUGH nurtured like the sailing moon In beauty’s murderous brood, She walked awhile and blushed awhile And…

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What Then By William Butler Yeats

What Then HIS chosen comrades thought at school He must grow a famous man; He thought the same and lived by rule, All his twenties…

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Three Songs To The Same Tune By William Butler Yeats

Three Songs To The Same Tune I GRANDFATHER sang it under the gallows: ‘ Hear, gentlemen, ladies, and all mankind: Money is good and a…

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The Song Of Wandering Aengus By William Butler Yeats

The Song Of Wandering Aengus I WENT out to the hazel wood, Because a fire was in my head, And cut and peeled a hazel…

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The Old Age Of Queen Maeve By William Butler Yeats

The Old Age Of Queen Maeve A certain poet in outlandish clothes Gathered a crowd in some Byzantine lane, Talked1 of his country and its…

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The Gyres By William Butler Yeats

The Gyres THE GYRES! the gyres! Old Rocky Face, look forth; Things thought too long can be no longer thought, For beauty dies of beauty,…

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The Blessed By William Butler Yeats

The Blessed CUMHAL called out, bending his head, Till Dathi came and stood, With a blink in his eyes, at the cave-mouth, Between the wind…

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Politics By William Butler Yeats

Politics HOW can I, that girl standing there, My attention fix On Roman or on Russian Or on Spanish politics? Yet here’s a travelled man…

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He Thinks Of Those Who Have Spoken Evil Of His Beloved By William Butler Yeats

He Thinks Of Those Who Have Spoken Evil Of His Beloved HALF close your eyelids, loosen your hair, And dream about the great and their…

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Crazy Jane Reproved By William Butler Yeats

Crazy Jane Reproved I care not what the sailors say: All those dreadful thunder-stones, All that storm that blots the day Can but show that…

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All Things Can Tempt Me By William Butler Yeats

All Things Can Tempt Me ALL things can tempt me from this craft of verse: One time it was a woman’s face, or worse —…

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Two Songs Rewritten For The Tune’s Sake By William Butler Yeats

Two Songs Rewritten For The Tune’s Sake I My Paistin Finn is my sole desire, And I am shrunken to skin and bone, For all…

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The Wild Old Wicked Man By William Butler Yeats

The Wild Old Wicked Man BECAUSE I am mad about women I am mad about the hills,’ Said that wild old wicked man Who travels…

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The Rose Tree By William Butler Yeats

The Rose Tree ‘O WORDS are lightly spoken,’ Said Pearse to Connolly, ‘Maybe a breath of politic words Has withered our Rose Tree; Or maybe…

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The Lover Tells Of The Rose In His Heart By William Butler Yeats

The Lover Tells Of The Rose In His Heart ALL things uncomely and broken, all things worn out and old, The cry of a child…

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The Falling Of The Leaves By William Butler Yeats

The Falling Of The Leaves AUTUMN is over the long leaves that love us, And over the mice in the barley sheaves; Yellow the leaves…

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Symbols By William Butler Yeats

Symbols A STORM BEATEN old watch-tower, A blind hermit rings the hour. All-destroying sword-blade still Carried by the wandering fool. Gold-sewn silk on the sword-blade,…

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