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When You Are Old
(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

When You Are Old

Poem By William Butler Yeats

WHEN you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim Soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

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Such beautiful work..! i really enjoy it, thank for sharing.. :)
Quite a touching poem of love and remembrance.
this poem is my favorite poem, truly touching!
A poignant work of art written with clarity of thought and mind.
Yeats was such a great poet


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