At midnight on the Emperor's pavement flit Flames that no faggot feeds, nor steel has lit.
William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Byzantium
Contributed by: Zaady
I heard the old, old men say "All that's beautiful drifts away Like the waters."
Source: the Seven Woods, 1904. The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water
For such, Being made beautiful overmuch, Consider beauty a sufficient end, Lose natural kindness and maybe The heart-revealing intimacy That chooses right, and never find a friend. r
Source: Michael Robartes and the Dancer , 1921. A Prayer for My Daughter
Hurrah for revolution and more cannon-shot! A beggar upon horseback lashes a beggar on foot. Hurrah for revolution and cannon come again! The beggars have changed places, but the lash goes on.
Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, The Great Day
That toil of growing up; The ignominy of boyhood; the distress Of boyhood changing into man; The unfinished man and his pain.
Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. A Dialogue of Self and Soul
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.
Source: The Rose, 1893. The Sorrow of Love, st. I
It's certain there is no fine thing Since Adam's fall but needs much laboring.
Source: the Seven Woods, 1904. Adam's Curse, . st. 3
A shudder in the loins engenders there The broken wall, the burning roof and tower And Agamemnon dead.
Source: The Tower, 1928. Leda and the Swan
O but we dreamed to mend Whatever mischief seemed To afflict mankind, but now That winds of winter blow Learn that we were crack-pated when we dreamed.
Source: The Tower, 1928. Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen
A thought Of that late death took all my heart for speech.
Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. In Memory of Major Robert Gregory, st. I
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