William Butler Yeats Quotes

Among those feasting men Cuchulain dwelt, And his young sweetheart close beside him knelt, Stared on the mournful wonder of his eyes, Even as Spring upon the ancient skies, And pondered on the glory of his days....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Cuchulain's Fight with the Sea."
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Although I have come close on forty-nine, I have no child, I have nothing but a book, Nothing but that to prove your blood and mine.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Introductory Rhymes."
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Once out of nature I shall never take My bodily form from any natural thing, But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Sailing to Byzantium (l. 25-27). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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Lovers of horses and of women, shall From marble of a broken sepulchre Or dark betwixt the polecat and the owl, Or any rich, dark nothing disinter The workman, noble and saint, and all things run On that fashionable gyre again.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Gyres."
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young men, tossing on their beds, Rhymed out in love's despair To flatter beauty's ignorant ear.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. The Scholars (l. 4-6). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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"A girl I had, but she followed another, Money I had, and it went in the night, Strong drink I had, and it brought me to sorrow, But a good strong cause and blows are delight." All there caught up the tune: "On, on, my darling man."
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Three Marching Songs."
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When you are old and gray and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. When You Are Old (l. 1-2). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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I dream of a Ledaean body, bent Above a sinking fire,
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Among School Children (l. 9-10). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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Cuchulain stirred, Stared on the horses of the sea, and heard The cars of battle and his own name cried; And fought with the invulnerable tide.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Cuchulain's Fight with the Sea."
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I—love's skein upon the ground, My body in the tomb— Shall leap into the light lost In my mother's womb.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "IV. Crazy Jane and Jack the Journeyman."
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