Whatever flames upon the night Man's own resinous heart has fed.
William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Source: The Tower, 1928. Two Songs from a Play
Contributed by: Zaady
O heart! O heart! if she'd but turn her head You'd know the folly of being comforted.
Source: the Seven Woods, 1904. The Folly of Being Comforted.
On limestone quarried near the spot By his command these words are cut: Cast a cold eye On life, on death. Horseman, pass by!
Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, Under Ben Bulben
An agony of flame that cannot singe a sleeve.
Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Byzantium
All the wild witches, those most noble ladies, For all their broomsticks and their tears, Their angry tears, are gone.
Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. Lines Written in Dejection 1. 4
An aged man is but a paltry thing, A tattered coat upon a stick, unless Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing For every tatter in its mortal dress.
Source: The Tower, 1928. Sailing to Byzantium
Fifteen apparitions have I seen; The worst a coat upon a coat-hanger.
Source: Last Poems,1936–1939, The Apparitions, refrain
And pluck till time and times are done The silver apples of the moon The golden apples of the sun.
Source: The Wind Among the Reeds, 1899, The Song of Wandering, Aengus, st.
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.
Source: The Cutting of an Agate, 1912.
If there's no hatred in a mind Assault and battery of the wind Can never tear the linnet from the leaf
Source: Michael Robartes and the Dancer , 1921. A Prayer for My Daughter
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