The unpurged images of day recede; The Emperor's drunken soldiery are abed; Night resonance recedes, night-walkers' song After great cathedral gong.
William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Byzantium
Contributed by: Zaady
Unwearied still, lover by lover, They paddle in the cold Companionable streams or climb the air; Their hearts have not grown old.
Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. The Wild Swans at Coole, st. 4
Lord, what would they say Did their Catullus walk that way?
Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. The Scholars, st. 2
The fascination of what's difficult Has dried the sap out of my veins, and rent Spontaneous joy and natural content Out of my heart.
Source: The Green Helmet and Other Poems, 1910. The Fascination of What's Difficult
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.
Source: The Land of Heart's Desire, 1894, l. 48
But what is Whiggery? A leveling, rancorous, rational sort of mind That never looked out of the eye of a saint Or out of a drunkard's eye.
Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. The Seven Sages
Upon the brimming water among the stones Are nine-and-fifty swans.
Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. The Wild Swans at Coole, st. I
To the waters, and the wild, with a Faerie, hand in hand, for the world is more full of weeping . . . than you can understand.
All perform their tragic play, There struts Hamlet, there is Lear.
Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, Lapis Lazuli, st. 2.
"The sun in a golden cup" . . . though not "the moon in a silver bag," is a quotation from the last of Mr. Ezra Pound's Cantos.-W. B. YEATS
Source: note in The Winding Stair and Other Poems
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