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HE GIVES HIS BELOVED CERTAIN RHYMES, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fasten your hair with a golden pin
Last Line: Live but to light your passing feet.
Alternate Author Name(s): Yeats, W. B.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Gives His Beloved Certain Rhymes
Subject(s): Love


Fasten your hair with a golden pin,
And bind up every wandering tress;
I bade my heart build these poor rhymes:
It worked at them, day out, day in,
Building a sorrowful loveliness
Out of the battles of old times.
You need but lift a pearl-pale hand,
And bind up your long hair and sigh;
And all men's hearts must burn and beat;
And candle-like foam on the dim sand,
And stars climbing the dew-dropping sky,
Live but to light your passing feet.




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