William Butler Yeats Quotes

I sing what was lost and dread what was won, I walk in a battle fought over again, My king a lost king, and lost soldiers my men....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "What Was Lost."
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The Muse is mute when public men Applaud a modern throne.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "A Model for the Laureate."
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'Now must we sing and sing the best we can, But first you must be told your character: Convicted cowards all, by kindred slain.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Cuchulain Comforted (l. 19-21). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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"Only the wasteful virtues earn the sun...."
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Introductory Rhymes."
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That is no country for old men. The young In one another's arms, birds in the trees MThose dying generations—at their song,
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Sailing to Byzantium (l. 1-3). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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What matter though numb nightmare ride on top And blood and mire the sensitive body stain? What matter? Heave no sigh, let no tear drop, A greater, a more gracious time has gone....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Gyres."
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I shall not cease to bless because I lay about me with the taws That night and morning I may thrash Greek Alexander from my flesh, Augustus Caesar, and after these That great rogue Alcibiades.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Saint and the Hunchback."
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"Money is good and a girl might be better, No matter what happens and who takes the fall, But a good strong cause"Mthe rope gave a jerk there, No more sang he, for his throat was too small; But he kicked before he died, He did it out of pride.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Three Marching Songs."
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We have cried in our despair That men desert, For some trivial affair Or noisy, insolent sport, Beauty that we have won From bitterest hours....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "When Helen Lived."
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That waxen seal, that signature. For things like these what decent man Would keep his lover waiting? Keep his lover waiting?
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "A Model for the Laureate."
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