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William Butler Yeats
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O what fine thought we had because we thought that the worst rogues and rascals had died out. William Butler Yeats
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Speech after long silence; it is right, All other lovers being estranged or dead . . . That we descant and yet again descant Upon the supreme theme of Art and Song: Bodily decrepitude is wisdom; young We loved each other and were ignorant. William Butler Yeats
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The brawling of a sparrow in the eaves The brilliant moon and all the milky sky And all that famous harmony of leaves Had blotted out man's image and his cry. William Butler Yeats
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The true poet is all the time a visionary and whether with friends or not, as much alone as a man on his death bed. William Butler Yeats
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Now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? William Butler Yeats
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We have fallen in the dreams the ever-living Breathe on the tarnished mirror of the world, And then smooth out with ivory hands and sigh. William Butler Yeats
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Everything in nature is resurrection. William Butler Yeats
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Life is a journey up a spiral staircase; as we grow older we cover the ground covered we have covered before, only higher up; as we look down the winding stair below us we measure our progress by the number of places where we were but no longer are. The journey is both repetitious and progressive; we go both round and upward. William Butler Yeats
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Never shall a young man, Thrown into despair By those great honey-coloured Ramparts at your ear, Love you for yourself alone And not your yellow hair. William Butler Yeats
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How but in custom and in ceremony are innocence and beauty born? William Butler Yeats
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How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart. William Butler Yeats
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There is another world, but it is in this one. William Butler Yeats
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All art is in the last analysis an endeavor to condense as out of the flying vapor of the world an image of human perfection, and for its own and not for the art's sake. William Butler Yeats
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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 Of hammered gold and gold enameling To keep a drowsy Emperor awake; Or set upon a golden bough to sing To lords and ladies of Byzantium Of what is past, or passing, or to come. William Butler Yeats
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My father was an angry and impatient teacher and flung the reading book at my head. William Butler Yeats
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Sweetheart, do not love too long: I loved long and long, And grew to be out of fashion Like an old song. William Butler Yeats
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What can books of men that wive In a dragon-guarded land, Paintings of the dolphin-drawn Sea-nymphs in their pearly wagons Do, but awake a hope to live...? William Butler Yeats
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The women take so little stock In what I do or say They'd sooner leave their cosseting To hear a jackass bray.... William Butler Yeats
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for never yet Has lover lived, but longed to wive Like them that are no more alive. William Butler Yeats
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But stories that live longest Are sung above the glass, And Parnell loved his country And Parnell loved his lass. William Butler Yeats
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Both nuns and mothers worship images, But those the candles light are not as those That animate a mother's reveries, But keep a marble or a bronze repose. William Butler Yeats
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The wrong of unshapely things is a wrong too great to be told; I hunger to build them anew and sit on a green knoll apart.... William Butler Yeats
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My chair was nearest to the fire In every company That talked of love or politics, Ere Time transfigured me. William Butler Yeats
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He Who is wrapped in purple robes, With planets in His care, Had pity on the least of things Asleep upon a chair. William Butler Yeats
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When we are high and airy hundreds say That if we hold that flight they'll leave the place, While those same hundreds mock another day Because we have made our art of common things ... William Butler Yeats
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My father upon the Abbey stage, before him a raging crowd. "This Land of Saints," and then as the applause died out, "Of plaster Saints;" his beautiful mischievous head thrown back. William Butler Yeats
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Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye; That's all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die. I lift the glass to my mouth, I look at you, and I sigh. William Butler Yeats
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When I play on my fiddle in Dooney, Folk dance like a wave of the sea. William Butler Yeats
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I am content to follow to its source Every event in action or in thought; Measure the lot; forgive myself the lot! When such as I cast out remorse So great a sweetness flows into the breast We must laugh and we must sing, We are blest by everything, Everything we look upon is blest. William Butler Yeats
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Under bare Ben Bulben's head In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid. William Butler Yeats
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Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned... William Butler Yeats
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Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing. William Butler Yeats
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The only enemy of innocence and beauty is time. William Butler Yeats
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I heard the old, old men say, 'Everything alters, And one by one we drop away.' They had hands like claws, and their knees Were twisted like the old thorn-trees By the waters. I heard the old, old men say, 'All that's beautiful drifts away Like the waters. William Butler Yeats
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If a poet interprets a poem of his own he limits its suggestibility. William Butler Yeats
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Tis the eternal law, That first in beauty should be first in might. William Butler Yeats
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The things a man has heard and seen are threads of life, and if he pull them carefully from the confused distaff of memory, any who will can weave them into whatever garments of belief please them best. I too have woven my garment like another, but I shall try to keep warm in it, and shall be well content if it do not unbecome me. William Butler Yeats
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Art bids us touch and taste and hear and see the world, and shrinks from what Blake calls mathematic form, from every abstract form, from all that is of the brain only. William Butler Yeats
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I made my song a coat Covered with embroideries Out of old mythologies From heel to throat But the fools caught it, Wore it in the world's eyes As though they'd wrought it. Song, let them take it, For there's more enterprise In walking naked. William Butler Yeats
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In life courtesy and self-possession, and in the arts style, are the sensible impressions of the free mind, for both arise out of a deliberate shaping of all things and from never being swept away, whatever the emotion into confusion or dullness. William Butler Yeats
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The Father and His angelic hierarchy That made the magnitude and glory there Stood in the circuit of a needle's eye. William Butler Yeats
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The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, William Butler Yeats
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One man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face. William Butler Yeats
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When I play on my fiddle in Dooney Folk dance like a wave on the sea. William Butler Yeats
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The Land of Faery, Where nobody gets old and godly and grave, Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise, Where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue. William Butler Yeats
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Everything that's lovely is But a brief, dreamy kind of delight. William Butler Yeats
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Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart long for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet. William Butler Yeats
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I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember William Butler Yeats
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I carry from my mother's womb a fanatic's heart. William Butler Yeats
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The pain others give passes away in their later kindness, but that of our own blunders, especially when they hurt our vanity, never passes away William Butler Yeats
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There is no deformity But saves us from a dream. William Butler Yeats
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A thought Of that late death took all my heart for speech. William Butler Yeats
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An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick William Butler Yeats
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Ah, let us kiss each other's eyes,/And laugh our love away. William Butler Yeats
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What shall I do for pretty girls Now my old bawd is dead? William Butler Yeats
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When I think of all the books I have read, and of the wise words I have heard spoken, and of the anxiety I have given to parents and grandparents, and of the hopes that I have had, all life weighed in the scales of my own life seems to me a preparation for something that never happens. William Butler Yeats
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We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet. William Butler Yeats
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Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye; That's all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die. William Butler Yeats
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Everything exists, everything is true and the earth is just a bit of dust beneath our feet. William Butler Yeats
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When You Are Old" 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. William Butler Yeats
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We taste and feel and see the truth. We do not reason ourselves into it. William Butler Yeats
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A mermaid found a swimming lad, Picked him up for her own, Pressed her body to his body, Laughed; and plunging down Forgot in cruel happiness That even lovers drown. William Butler Yeats
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God guard me from those thoughts men think In the mind alone. William Butler Yeats
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I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow, Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings; There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow, And evening full of the linnet's wings. William Butler Yeats
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When two close kindred meet What better than call a dance?. William Butler Yeats
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We are no petty people. We are one of the great stocks of Burke; we are the people of Swift, the people of Emmet, the people of Parnell. We have created most of the modern literature of this country. We have created the best of its political intelligence. William Butler Yeats
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We only believe in those thoughts which have been conceived not in the brain but in the whole body. William Butler Yeats
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That beautiful mild woman for whose sake There's many a one shall find out all heartache On finding that her voice is sweet and low Replied, 'To be born a woman is to know- Although they do not talk of it at school - That we must labor to be beautiful. William Butler Yeats
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Swift has sailed into his rest; Savage indignation there Cannot lacerate his breast Imitate him if you dare, World-besotted traveler; he Served human liberty. William Butler Yeats
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It takes more courage to dig deep in the dark corners of your own soul and the back alleys of your society than it does for a soldier to fight on the battlefield. William Butler Yeats
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