William Butler Yeats Quotes

They have gone about the world like wind, But little time had they to pray For whom the hangman's rope was spun, And what, God help us, could they save?
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. September 1913 (l. 11-14). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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"I will not be clapped in a hood, Nor a cage, nor alight upon wrist, Now I have learnt to be proud Hovering over the wood In the broken mist Or tumbling cloud."
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Hawk."
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The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Second Coming."
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Come gather round me players all: Come praise Nineteen-Sixteen, Those from the pit and gallery Or from the painted scene That fought in the Post Office Or round the City Hall....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Three Songs to the One Burden."
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The true faith discovered was When painted panel, statuary, Glass-mosaic, window-glass, Amended what was told awry By some peasant gospeller....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Wisdom."
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Better to smile on all that smile, and show There is a comfortable kind of old scarecrow.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Among School Children (l. 31-32). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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The rider, the birds that range From cloud to tumbling cloud, Minute by minute they change;
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Easter 1916 (l. 46-48). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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Now his wars on God begin; At stroke of midnight God shall win.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "IX. The Four Ages of Man."
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"... Knowledge he shall unwind Through victories of the mind, Till, clambering at the cradle-side, He dreams himself his mother's pride, All knowledge lost in trance Of sweeter ignorance."
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Shepherd and Goatherd."
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O what to me the little room That was brimmed up with prayer and rest; He bade me out into the gloom, And my breast lies upon his breast.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Heart of the Woman."
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