Lord, what would they say Did their Catullus walk that way?
William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. The Scholars, st. 2
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Source: He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven (1899)
The true faith discovered was When painted panel, statuary, Glass-mosaic, window-glass, Amended what was told awry By some peasant gospeler.
Source: The Tower, 1928. Wisdom
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.
Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Swift's Epitaph
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