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Yeats, William Butler    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Yeats, W. B.
491 poems available by this author


A COAT    Poem Text    
First Line: I made my song a coat
Last Line: In walking naked.
Subject(s): Imagination; Poetry & Poets; Vision; Fancy


A CRADLE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The angels are stooping [or, bending]
Last Line: When you have grown.
Subject(s): Children; Mothers; Childhood


A DEEP-SWORN VOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Others because you did not keep
Last Line: Suddenly I meet your face.
Subject(s): Promises


A DIALOGUE OF SELF AND SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: I summon to the winding ancient stair
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision; Fancy


A DREAM OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamed that one had died in a strange place
Last Line: And heard the mournful breeze.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


A DREAM OF DEATH (VARIANT VERSION)    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamed that one had died in a strange place
Last Line: But now lies under boards.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


A DRINKING SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Wine comes in at the mouth
Last Line: I look at you, and I sigh.
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Love


A DRUNKEN MAN'S PRAISE OF SOBRIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: Come swish around my petty punk
Subject(s): Alcohol & Alcoholics


A FAERY SONG, SUNG BY THE PEOPLE OF FAERY OVER DIARMUID    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: We who are old, old and gay
Last Line: If all were told.
Subject(s): Fairies; Legends, Irish; Elves


A FRIEND'S ILLNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sickness brought me this
Last Line: Against a soul?
Subject(s): Friendship; Sickness; Illness


A FULL MOON IN MARCH    Poem Text    
First Line: What are we to do? What part do
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights; Dramatists


A MEDITATION IN TIME OF WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: For one throb of the artery
Last Line: Mankind inanimate phantasy.
Subject(s): War


A MEMORY OF YOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The moments passed as at a play
Last Line: Tore from the clouds his marvellous moon.
Subject(s): Youth


A POET TO HIS BELOVED    Poem Text    
First Line: I bring you with reverent hands
Last Line: I bring you my passionate rhyme.
Subject(s): Love; Poetry & Poets


A PRAYER FOR MY DAUGHTER    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Once more the storm is howling, and half hid
Last Line: And custom for the spreading laurel tree.
Subject(s): Beauty; Children; Daughters; Fathers & Daughters; Ireland; Life Change Events; Mothers; Parents; Poetry & Poets; Prayer; Women; Childhood; Irish; Parenthood


A PRAYER FOR MY SON    Poem Text    
First Line: Bid a strong ghost stand at the head
Subject(s): Fathers; Men; Poetry & Poets; Prayer


A PRAYER ON GOING INTO MY HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: God grant a blessing on this tower and cottage
Last Line: Manacle his soul upon the red sea bottom.
Subject(s): Blessings


A SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought no more was needed / youth to prolong
Last Line: That the heart grows old?
Subject(s): Hearts; Aging


A STICK OF INCENSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whence did all that fury come?
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


A THOUGHT FROM PROPERTIUS    Poem Text    
First Line: She might, so noble from head
Last Line: Drunk with the unmixed wine.
Subject(s): Women; Beauty


A WOMAN HOMER SUNG    Poem Text    
First Line: If any man drew near
Last Line: But an heroic dream.
Subject(s): Homer (10th Century B.c.); Women


A WOMAN OLD AND YOUNG: 2. BEFORE THE WORLD WAS MADE    Poem Text    
First Line: If I make the lashes dark


A WOMAN OLD AND YOUNG: 3. A FIRST CONFESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: I admit the briar


A WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 1. FATHER AND CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: She hears me strike the board and say
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Love


A WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 4. HER TRIUMPH    Poem Text    
First Line: I did the dragon's will until you came
Subject(s): Love; Mythology


A WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 9. A LAST CONFESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: What lively lad most pleasured me
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


ACRE OF GRASS       
First Line: Picture and book remain
Last Line: Forgotten else by mankind, %an old man's eagle mind
Subject(s): Old Age


ADAM'S CURSE    Poem Text    
First Line: We sat together at one summer's end
Last Line: As weary-hearted as that hollow moon.
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Bible; Eve


AEDH THINKS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SPOKEN EVIL OF HIS BELOVED    Poem Text    
First Line: Half close your eyelids, loosen your hair
Last Line: Their children's children shall say they have lied.


AFTER LONG SILENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Speech after long silence; it is right
Last Line: We loved each other and were ignorant.
Subject(s): Love; Silence


AGAINST UNWORTHY PRAISE    Poem Text    
First Line: O heart, be at peace, because
Last Line: Half lion, half child, is at peace.
Subject(s): Defamation; Peace


ALL SOULS' NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis all souls' night and the great christ church bell
Last Line: As mummies in the mummy-cloth are wound.
Subject(s): All Souls' Night; All Hallows Night


ALL SOULS' NIGHT; EPILOGUE TO 'A VISION'    Poem Text    
First Line: Midnight has come, and the great christ church bell
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision; Fancy


ALL SOULS' NIGHT; EPILOGUE TO 'A VISION'       
First Line: Midnight has come, and the great christ church bell
Last Line: Wound in mind's wandering %as mummies in the mummy-cloth are wound
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


ALL THINGS CAN TEMPT ME    Poem Text    
First Line: All things can tempt me from this craft of verse
Last Line: Colder and dumber and deafer than a fish.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Temptation


ALTERNATIVE SONG FOR THE SEVERED HEAD IN 'KING OF GREAT ...'       
First Line: Saddle and ride, I heard a man say
Last Line: A slow low note and an iron bell


AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I walk through the long schoolroom questioning
Subject(s): Children; Imagination; Schools; Vision; Childhood; Fancy; Students


AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN       
First Line: I walk through the long schoolroom questioning
Last Line: How can we know the dancer from the dance?
Subject(s): Children; Imagination; Schools; Vision


AN ACRE OF GRASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Picture and book remain
Subject(s): Old Age


AN APPOINTMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Being out of heart with government
Last Line: No government appointed him.
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


AN IMAGE FROM A PAST LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Never until this night have I been stirred
Last Line: Of the hovering thing night brought me.
Subject(s): Youth; Past; Memory


AN INDIAN SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: O wanderer in the southern weather
Last Line: A vapory footfall on the ocean's sleepy blaze.
Subject(s): Nature


AN IRISH AIRMAN FORESEES HIS DEATH    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I know that I shall meet my fate
Last Line: In balance with this life, this death.
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Aviation & Aviators; Death; Freedom; Soldiers; War; World War I; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Dead, The; Liberty; First World War


ANASHUYA AND VIJAYA    Poem Text    
First Line: Send peace on all the lands and flickering corn
Last Line: Troubles his sleeping; give him dreams of me.
Subject(s): Jealousy


ANOTHER SONG OF A FOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: This great purple butterfly
Last Line: To take the roses for his meat.
Subject(s): Wisdom; Learning; Fools


APPARITIONS       
First Line: Because there is safety in derision
Last Line: The worst a coat upon a coat-hangar


ARE YOU CONTENT?    Poem Text    
First Line: I call on those that call me son
Subject(s): Old Age


ARE YOU CONTENT?       
First Line: I call on those that call me son
Last Line: But I am not content
Subject(s): Old Age


AT ALGECIRAS - A MEDITATION UPON DEATH       
First Line: The heron-billed pale cattle-birds
Last Line: What can he question, what if questioned I %can with a fitting confidence reply


AT GALWAY RACES (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: There where the course is
Last Line: That ride upon horses.
Subject(s): Horse Racing


AT GALWAY RACES (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Out yonder, where the race course is
Subject(s): Horse Racing


AT GALWAY RACES (2)       
First Line: Out yonder, where the race course is
Last Line: And we find hearteners among men %that ride upon horses
Subject(s): Horse Racing


AT THE ABBEY THEATRE (IMITATED FROM RONSARD)    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear craoibhin aoibhin, look into our case
Last Line: But when they mock us, that we mock again?
Variant Title(s): At The Abbey Theatre
Subject(s): Abbey Theatre, Dublin


AT THE GREY ROUND OF THE HILL       
Last Line: Stretch neck and clap the wing, %red cocks, and crow!


AT THE HAWK'S WELL, SELS.       


BAILE AND AILLINN    Poem Text    
First Line: I hardly hear the curlew cry
Last Line: Like them that are no more alive.
Subject(s): Death


BEAUTIFUL LOFTY THINGS: O'LEARY'S NOBLE HEAD       
Last Line: All the olmpians; a thing never known again


BEGGAR TO BEGGAR CRIED    Poem Text    
First Line: Time to put off the world and go somewhere
Last Line: "the wind-blown clamour of the barnacle-geese."
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars


BLACK TOWER       
First Line: Say that the men of the old black tower
Last Line: Old bones upon the mountain shake


BLOOD AND THE MOON       
First Line: Blessed be this place
Last Line: Can come upon the visage of the moon %when it has looked in glory from a cloud


BROKEN DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is grey in your hair
Last Line: Vague memories, nothing but memories.
Subject(s): Aging; Beauty; Love - Erotic; Memory


BRONZE HEAD       
First Line: Here at right of the entrance this bronze head
Last Line: And wondered what was left for massacre to save


BROWN PENNY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I whispered, 'I am too young'
Last Line: One cannot begin it too soon.
Variant Title(s): The Young Man's Song
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings; Youth


BYZANTIUM    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The unpurged images of day recede
Subject(s): Constantinople; Istambul; Byzantium


BYZANTIUM       
First Line: The unpurged images of day recede
Last Line: Fresh images beget, %that dolphin-torn, that gong-tormented sea
Subject(s): Constantinople


CAT AND THE MOON       
First Line: The cat went here and there
Last Line: And lifts to the changing moon %his changing eyes
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Dancing And Dancers; Moon


CHAMBERMAID'S FIRST SONG       
First Line: How came this ranger
Last Line: Pleasure made him %weak as a worm


CHAMBERMAID'S SECOND SONG       
First Line: From pleasure of a bed
Last Line: His spirit has fled %blind as a worm


CHOICE       
First Line: The intellect of man is forced to choose
Last Line: Or the day's vanity, the night's remorse


CHURCH AND STATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is fresh matter, poet, / matter for old age meet
Subject(s): Government; Religion; Theology


CHURCH AND STATE       
First Line: Here is fresh matter, poet, %matter for old age meet
Last Line: Wine shall run thick to the end, %bread taste sour
Subject(s): Government; Religion


CIRCUS ANIMALS' DESERTION       
First Line: I sought a theme and sought for it in vain
Last Line: In the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Memory; Past; Poetry And Poets; Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939)


COLONEL MARTIN       
First Line: The colonel went out sailing
Last Line: From the seaweed on the strand. %the colonel went out sailing


COME GATHER ROUND ME, PARNELLITES    Poem Text    


COME GATHER ROUND ME, PARNELLITES       
Last Line: And parnell loved his country, %and parnell loved his lass
Subject(s): Freedom


COOLE PARK AND BALLYLEE, 1931       
First Line: Under my window-ledge the waters race
Last Line: Though mounted in that saddle homer rode %where the swan drifts upon a darkening flood


COOLE PARK, 1929    Poem Text    
First Line: I meditate upon a swallow's flight
Last Line: A moment's memory to that laurelled head
Subject(s): Coole, Ireland


COOLE PARK, 1929       
First Line: I meditate upon a swallow's flight
Last Line: A moment's memory to that laurelled head
Subject(s): Coole, Ireland


CRAZED GIRL       
First Line: That crazed girl improvising her music
Last Line: No common intelligible sound %but sang, 'o sea-starved, hungry sea'


CRAZED MOON       
First Line: Crazed through much child-bearing
Last Line: They are spread wide that each %may rend what comes in reach


CRAZY JANE AND JACK THE JOURNEYMAN       
First Line: I know, although when looks meet
Last Line: Passing on the road that night, %mine must walk when dead


CRAZY JANE AND THE BISHOP       
First Line: Bring me to the blasted oak
Last Line: But should that other come, I spit: %the solid man and the coxcomb


CRAZY JANE GROWN OLD LOOKS AT THE DANCERS       
First Line: I found the ivory image there
Last Line: Love is like the lion's tooth


CRAZY JANE ON GOD       
First Line: That lover of a night
Last Line: All things remain in god


CRAZY JANE ON THE DAY OF JUDGMENT       
First Line: Love is all %unsatisfied
Last Line: That's certainly the case,' said he


CRAZY JANE ON THE MOUNTAIN       
First Line: I am tired to cursing the bishop
Last Line: And I cried tears down


CRAZY JANE REPROVED       
First Line: I care not what the sailors say
Last Line: A roaring, ranting journeyman. %fol de rol, fol de rol


CRAZY JANE TALKS WITH THE BISHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: I met the bishop on the road
Subject(s): Fools; Love; Men; Old Age; Women; Idiots


CRAZY JANE TALKS WITH THE BISHOP       
First Line: I met the bishop on the road
Last Line: For nothing can be sole or whole %that has not been rent
Subject(s): Fools; Love; Men; Old Age; Women


CUCHULAIN COMFORTED    Poem Text    
First Line: A man that had six mortal wounds, a man
Subject(s): Cuchulain; Immortality; Legends, Irish


CUCHULAIN COMFORTED       
First Line: A man that had six mortal wounds, a man
Last Line: They had changed their throats and had the throats of birds
Subject(s): Cuchulain; Immortality; Legends, Irish


CUCHULAIN'S FIGHT WITH THE SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: A man came slowly from the setting sun
Last Line: And fought with the invulnerable tide.
Subject(s): Cuchulain; Legends, Irish


CURSE OF CROMWELL       
First Line: You ask what I have found, and far and wide I go
Last Line: What is there left to say?


DANCER AT CRUACHAN AND CRO-PATRICK       
First Line: I, proclaiming that there is
Last Line: Acclaiming, proclaiming, declaiming him
Subject(s): Dancing And Dancers


DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Nor dread nor hope attend
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DEATH       
First Line: Nor dread nor hope attend
Last Line: He knows death to the bone - %man has created death
Subject(s): Death


DEATH OF CUCHULAIN       
First Line: A man came slowly from the setting sun
Last Line: For four days warred he with the bitter tide; %and the waves flowed above him, and he died
Subject(s): Cuchulain; Legends, Irish


DEDICATION TO A BOOK OF STORIES SELECTED FROM THE IRISH NOVELISTS (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a green branch hung with many a bell
Last Line: And men who loved the cause that never dies.
Subject(s): Irish Fiction


DEDICATION TO A BOOK OF STORIES SELECTED FROM THE IRISH NOVELISTS (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a green branch hung with many a bell
Last Line: On munster grass and connemara skies.
Subject(s): Irish Fiction


DEIRDRE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a story right, my wanderers
Last Line: And letting no boy lover take the sway.
Subject(s): Mythology - Irish


DELPHIC ORACLE UPON PLOTINUS       
First Line: Behold the great plotinus swim
Last Line: There stately pythagoras %and all the choir of love


DEMON AND BEAST    Poem Text    
First Line: For certain minutes at the least / that crafty demon and that loud beast
Last Line: What had the caesars but their thrones?
Subject(s): Demons


DIALOGUE OF SELF AND SOUL       
First Line: I summon to the winding ancient stair
Last Line: We are blest by everything, %everything we look upon is blest
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


DOWN BY THE SALLEY GARDENS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet
Last Line: But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.
Variant Title(s): An Old Song Resung;the Salley Gardens
Subject(s): Love; Youth


DRUNKEN MAN'S PRAISE OF SOBRIETY       
First Line: Come swish around, my pretty punk
Last Line: A drunkard is a dead man, %and all dead men are drunk


EASTER 1916    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I have met them at close of day
Last Line: A terrible beauty is born.
Subject(s): Easter; Holidays; Imagination; Ireland - Rebellions; Vision; Markiewicz, Constance Georgine, Countess; Goone, Maud (1866-1953); Socialism; The Resurrection; Fancy


EGO DOMINUS TUUS    Poem Text    
First Line: On the grey sand beside the shallow stream
Last Line: Would carry it away to blasphemous men.
Subject(s): Past; Writing & Writers


EPHEMERA    Poem Text    
First Line: Your eyes that once were never weary of mine
Last Line: "are love, and a continual farewell."
Subject(s): Eternity


FALLEN MAJESTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Although crowds gathered once if she but showed her face
Last Line: Whereon a thing once walked that seemed a burning cloud.
Subject(s): Royalty


FATHER GILLIGAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The old priest peter gilligan
Last Line: "asleep upon a chair."
Variant Title(s): The Ballad Of Father Gilligan
Subject(s): Clergy


FERGUS AND THE DRUID    Poem Text    
First Line: This whole day have I followed in the rocks
Last Line: Lay hidden in the small slate-coloured thing!
Subject(s): Druids


FOOL BY THE WAYSIDE       
First Line: When all works that have
Last Line: I think that I may find %a faithful love, a faithful love


FOR ANNE GREGORY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Never shall a young man
Subject(s): Hair; Love


FOR ANNE GREGORY       
First Line: Never shall a young man
Last Line: Could love you for yourself alone %and not your yellow hair
Subject(s): Hair; Love


FRAGMENT       
First Line: Where got I that truth?
Last Line: Out of dark night where lay %the crowns of nineveh


FRAGMENT       
First Line: Locke sank into a swoon
Last Line: God took the spinning-jenny %out of his side


FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now must I these three praise
Last Line: I shake from head to foot.
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


GIFT OF HARUN AL-RASHID       
First Line: Kusta ben luka is my name, I write
Last Line: In the confusion of its night-dark folds, %can hear the armed man speak


GIRL'S SONG       
First Line: I went out alone
Last Line: Saw I an old man young %or young man old?


GRATITUDE TO THE UNKOWN INSTRUCTIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: What they undertook to do
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


GRATITUDE TO THE UNKOWN INSTRUCTIONS       
First Line: What they undertook to do
Last Line: All things hang like a drop of dew %upon a blade of grass
Subject(s): Religion


GREAT DAY       
First Line: Hurrah for revolution and more cannon-shot!
Last Line: The beggars have changed places, but the lash goes on
Subject(s): Revolutions


GREEN HAMLET; AN HEROIC FARCE       
First Line: What is that? I had thought that I saw
Last Line: And the long-remembering harpers have matter for their song


GYRES       
First Line: The gyres! The gyres! Old rocky face, look forth
Last Line: The workman, noble and saint, and all things run %on that unfashionable gyre again


HANRAHAN LAMENTS BECAUSE OF HIS WANDERINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: O where is our mother of peace
Last Line: Under her purple hood.


HANRAHAN SPEAKS TO THE LOVERS OF HIS SONGS IN COMING DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: O colleens, kneeling by your altar rails long hence
Last Line: Amid the hovering, piteous, penitential throng.'


HE GIVES HIS BELOVED CERTAIN RHYMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Fasten your hair with a golden pin
Last Line: Live but to light your passing feet.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Gives His Beloved Certain Rhymes
Subject(s): Love


HE HEARS THE CRY OF THE SEDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I wander by the edge / of this desolate lake
Last Line: Of your beloved in sleep.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Hears The Cry Of The Sedge


HE MOURNS FOR THE CHANGE THAT HAS COME UPON HIM AND BELOVED    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Do you not hear me calling, white deer with no horns?
Last Line: And lay in the darkness, grunting, and turning to his rest.
Subject(s): Legends, Irish


HE REMEMBERS FORGOTTEN BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: When my arms wrap you round I press
Last Line: Brood her high lonely mysteries.
Variant Title(s): Michael Robartes Remembers Forgotten Beauty
Subject(s): Love


HE REPROVES THE CURLEW    Poem Text    
First Line: O curlew, cry no more in the air
Last Line: There is enough evil in the crying of wind.
Variant Title(s): Hanrahan Reproves The Curlew


HE TELLS OF A VALLEY FULL OF LOVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamed that I stood in a valley, and amid sighs
Last Line: Till all the valleys of the world have been withered away.'
Subject(s): Women; Valleys


HE TELLS OF THE PERFECT BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: O cloud-pale eyelids, dream-dimmed eyes
Last Line: Before the unlabouring stars and you.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Tells Of The Perfect Beauty
Subject(s): Beauty; Love


HE THINKS OF HIS PAST GREATNESS WHEN A PART OF ... HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I have drunk ale from the country of the young
Last Line: Cry of his love with their pitiful cries.
Variant Title(s): Mongan Thinks Of His Greatness
Subject(s): Death; Heaven; Memory


HE WISHES FOR THE CLOTHS OF HEAVEN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths
Last Line: Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven
Subject(s): Life Change Events; Love


HER ANXIETY       
First Line: Earth in beauty dressed
Last Line: Love is nearer death. %prove that I lie


HER DREAM       
First Line: I dreamed as in my bed I lay
Last Line: And after nailed upon the night %berenice's burning hair


HER PRAISE    Poem Text    
First Line: She is foremost of those that I would hear praise
Last Line: Among the poor both old and young gave her praise.
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Love


HERO, THE GIRL, AND THE FOOL       
First Line: I rage at my own image in the glass
Last Line: I think that I may find %a faithful love, a faithful love


HIGH TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Processions that lack high stilts have nothing that catches the eye.
Subject(s): Men


HIGH TALK       
First Line: Processions that lack high stilts have nothing that catches the eye.
Last Line: Those great sea-horses bare their teeth and laugh at the dawn.
Subject(s): Men


HIS BARGAIN       
First Line: Who talks of plato's spindle
Last Line: A bargain with that hair %and all the windings there


HIS CONFIDENCE       
First Line: Undying love to buy
Last Line: Love leaps upon its course


HIS DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: I swayed upon the gaudy stern
Last Line: By the sweet name of death.
Subject(s): Dreams; Death


HIS PHOENIX    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a queen in china, or maybe it's in spain
Last Line: I knew a phoenix in my youth, so let them have their day.
Subject(s): Beauty; Youth


HIS WISHES HIS BELOVED WERE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Were you but lying cold and dead
Last Line: While lights were paling one by one.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Wishes His Beloved Were Dead
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Death


HOUND VOICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Because we love bare hills and stunted trees
Subject(s): Dogs; Voices; Relationships


HOUND VOICE       
First Line: Because we love bare hills and stunted trees
Last Line: Then cleaning out and bandaging of wounds, %and chants of victory amid the encircling hounds


HOUR BEFORE DAWN (2)       
First Line: A one-legged, one-armed, one-eyed man
Last Line: And gave god thanks that overhead %the clouds were brightening with the dawn


I AM OF IRELAND    Poem Text     Recitation


I AM OF IRELAND       
Last Line: And dance with me in ireland
Subject(s): Ireland


IMITATED FROM THE JAPANESE       
First Line: A most astonishing thing - %seventy years have I lived
Last Line: Seventy years man and boy, %and never have I danced for joy


IN MEMORY OF ALFRED POLLEXFEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Five and twenty years have gone
Last Line: And with that cry I have raised my cry.
Subject(s): Death


IN MEMORY OF EVA GORE-BOOTH AND CON MARKIEWICZ    Poem Text    
First Line: The light of evening, lissadell
Subject(s): Consolation; Gore-booth, Eva (1872-1926); Markiewicz, Constance Georgine, Countess; Mourning; Bereavement


IN MEMORY OF EVA GORE-BOOTH AND CON MARKIEWICZ       
First Line: The light of evening, lissadell
Last Line: Bid me strike a match and blow
Subject(s): Consolation; Gore-booth, Eva (1872-1926); Markiewicz, Constance Georgine, Countess; Mourning


IN MEMORY OF MAJOR ROBERT GREGORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that we're almost settled in our house
Last Line: Of that late death took all my heart for speech.
Subject(s): Consolation; Death; Gregory, Lady Isabella (1852-1932); Johnson, Lionel (1867-1902); Dead, The


IN TARA'S HALLS       
First Line: A man I praise that once in tara's halls
Last Line: Lay in the coffin, stopped his breath and died


IN THE SEVEN WOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: I have heard the pigeons of the seven woods
Last Line: A cloudy quiver over parc-na-lee.
Subject(s): Coole, Ireland


INTO THE TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Outworn heart in a time outworn
Last Line: And hope is less dear than the dew of the morn.
Subject(s): Aging


JOHN KINSELLA'S LAMENT FOR MRS. MARY MOORE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A bloody and a sudden end
Subject(s): Abandonment; Mourning; Desertion; Bereavement


JOHN KINSELLA'S LAMENT FOR MRS. MARY MOORE       
First Line: A bloody and a sudden end
Last Line: What shall I do for pretty girls %now my old bawd is dead?
Subject(s): Abandonment; Mourning


KING AND NO KING    Poem Text    
First Line: Would it were anything but merely voice!
Last Line: When neither soul nor body has been crossed.
Subject(s): Courts & Couriers; Loss


LADY'S FIRST SONG       
First Line: I turn round %like a dumb beast in a show
Last Line: No better than a beast %upon all fours


LADY'S SECOND SONG       
First Line: What sort of man is coming %to lie between your feet?
Last Line: The lord have mercy on us


LADY'S THIRD SONG       
First Line: When you and my truest lover meet
Last Line: You, should hand explore a thigh, %all the labouring heavens sigh


LAPIS LAZULI (FOR HENRY CLIFTON)    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I have heard that hysterical women say
Subject(s): Art & Artists; History; Imagination; Religion; Vision; Historians; Fancy; Theology


LAPIS LAZULI (FOR HENRY CLIFTON)       
First Line: I have heard that hysterical women say
Last Line: Their eyes mid many wrinkles, their eyes, %their ancient, glittering eyes, are gay
Subject(s): Art And Artists; History; Imagination; Religion; Vision


LEDA AND THE SWAN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A sudden blow [or, the great bird drops]; the great wings beating still
Variant Title(s): Leda
Subject(s): Birds; Imagination; Leda; Mythology - Classical; Seduction; Swans; Trojan War; Villains In Literature; Vision; Zeus; Fancy


LEDA AND THE SWAN       
First Line: A sudden blow [or, the great bird drops]; the great wings beating still
Last Line: Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?
Variant Title(s): Led
Subject(s): Birds; Imagination; Leda; Mythology - Classical; Seduction; Swans; Trojan War; Villains In Literature; Vision; Zeus


LET ALL THINGS PASS AWAY       
First Line: A rivery field spread out below


LINES WRITTEN IN DEJECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: When have I last looked on
Last Line: I must endure the timid sun.
Subject(s): Aging


LONELY THE SEA-BIRD LIES AT HER REST    Poem Text    


LONELY THE SEA-BIRD LIES AT HER REST       
Last Line: God has not appeared to the birds
Subject(s): Birds


LONG-LEGGED FLY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: That civilization may not sink
Subject(s): Civilization; Flies


LONG-LEGGED FLY       
First Line: That civilization may not sink
Last Line: Like a long-legged fly upon the stream %his mind moves upon silence
Subject(s): Civilization; Flies


LOVE'S LONELINESS       
First Line: Old fathers, great-grandfathers
Last Line: Dread has followed longing, %and our hearts are torn


LOVER SPEAKS TO THE HEARERS OF HIS SONGS IN COMING DAYS       
First Line: O women, kneeling by your altar-rails long hence
Last Line: Amid the hovering, piteous, penitential throng


LOVER'S SONG       
First Line: Bird sighs for the air
Last Line: On mind, on nest, %on straining thighs


LULLABY    Poem Text    
First Line: Beloved, may your sleep be sound
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Love


LULLABY       
First Line: Beloved, may your sleep be sound
Last Line: From the limbs of leda sank %but not from her protecting care
Subject(s): Erotic Love; Love


MAD AS THE MIST AND SNOW    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Bolt and bar the shutter
Subject(s): Men


MAD AS THE MIST AND SNOW       
First Line: Bolt and bar the shutter
Last Line: And many-minded homer were %mad as the mist and snow
Subject(s): Men


MAID QUIET       
First Line: Where has maid quiet gone to
Last Line: Now words that called up the lightning %are hurtling through my heart


MAN AND THE ECHO       
First Line: In a cleft that's christened alt
Last Line: A stricken rabbit is crying out, %and its cry distracts my thought


MAN YOUNG AND OLD       
First Line: Though nurtured like the sailing moon
Last Line: The second best's a gay goodnight and quickly turn away


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 1. ANCESTRAL HOUSES    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Surely among a rich man's flowering lawns
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 1. ANCESTRAL HOUSES       
First Line: Surely among a rich man's flowering lawns
Last Line: Consider most to magnify, or to bless, %but take our greatness with our bitterness?
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 2. MY HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: An ancient bridge, and a more ancient tower
Variant Title(s): My House
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 2. MY HOUSE       
First Line: An ancient bridge, and a more ancient tower
Last Line: To exalt a lonely mind, %befitting emblems of adversity
Variant Title(s): My Hous
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 3. MY TABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Two heavy trestles, and a board
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 3. MY TABLE       
First Line: Two heavy trestles, and a board
Last Line: Had waking wits; it seemed %juno's peacock screamed
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 4. MY DESCENDANTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Having inherited a vigorous mind
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 4. MY DESCENDANTS       
First Line: Having inherited a vigorous mind
Last Line: These stones remain their monument and mine
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 5. THE ROAD AT MY DOOR    Poem Text    
First Line: An affable irregular, / a heavily built falstaffian man
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions; Soldiers


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 5. THE ROAD AT MY DOOR       
First Line: An affable irregular, %a heavily built falstaffian man
Last Line: And turn towards my chamber, caught %in the cold snows of a dream
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions; Soldiers


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 6. THE STARE'S NEST    Poem Text    
First Line: The bees build in the crevices
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 6. THE STARE'S NEST       
First Line: The bees build in the crevices
Last Line: Come build in the empty house of the stare
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 7. I SEE PHANTOMS OF HATE    Poem Text    
First Line: I climb to the tower-top and lean upon broken stone
Subject(s): Freemasons; Hate; Ireland - Rebellions; Masonic Societies


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 7. I SEE PHANTOMS OF HATE       
First Line: I climb to the tower-top and lean upon broken stone
Last Line: Suffice the ageing man as once the growing boy
Subject(s): Freemasons; Hate; Ireland - Rebellions


MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: One had a lovely face
Last Line: Where the mountain hare has lain.
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Imagination; Love; Vision; Fancy


MEN IMPROVE WITH THE YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am worn out with dreams
Last Line: Among the streams.
Subject(s): Aging; Men; Regret


MERMAID       
First Line: A mermaid found a swimming lad
Last Line: That even lovers drown


MERU       
First Line: Civilisation is hooped together, brought
Last Line: His glory and his monuments are gone.
Variant Title(s): Supernatural Songs: 12. Mer


MICHAEL ROBARTES AND THE DANCER    Poem Text    
First Line: Opinion is not worth a rush
Last Line: She. They say such different things at school.
Subject(s): Body, Human; Beauty; Women


MICHAEL ROBARTES BIDS HIS BELOVED BE AT PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear the shadowy horses, their long manes a-shake
Last Line: And hiding their tossing manes and their tumultuous feet.
Variant Title(s): He Bids His Beloved Be At Peace
Subject(s): Horses; Peace; Rest


MODEL FOR THE LAUREATE       
First Line: On thrones from china to peru
Last Line: Would keep his lover waiting, %keep his lover waiting?


MOHINI CHATTERJEE       
First Line: I asked if I should pray
Last Line: Or, as the great sages say, %men dance on deathless feet


MOTHER OF GOD       
First Line: The threefold terror of love; a fallen flare
Last Line: Or strikes a sudden chill into my bones %and bids my hair stand up?
Subject(s): Bible; Christmas; Religion


MUNICIPAL GALLEY REVISITED       
First Line: Around me the images of thirty years
Last Line: Think where man's glory most begins and ends, %and say my glory was I had such friends
Subject(s): Museums


NATIVITY       
First Line: What woman hugs her infant there?
Last Line: Why is the woman terror-struck? %can there be mercy in that look?


NEVER GIVE ALL THE HEART, FOR LOVE       


NEW FACES       
First Line: If you, that have grown old, were the first dead
Last Line: Our shadows rove the garden gravel still, %the living seem more shadowy than they


NEWS FOR THE DELPHIC ORACLE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: There all the golden codgers lay
Subject(s): Delphi, Oracle Of


NEWS FOR THE DELPHIC ORACLE       
First Line: There all the golden codgers lay
Last Line: Flash fishlike; nymphs and satyrs %copulate in the foam
Subject(s): Delphi, Oracle Of


NINETEEN HUNDRED AND NINETEEN       
First Line: Many ingenious lovely things are gone
Last Line: To whom the love-lorn lady kyteler brought %bronzed peacock feathers, red combs of her cocks


NINETEENTH CENTURY AND AFTER       
First Line: Though the great song return no more
Last Line: The rattle of pebbles on the shore %under the receding wave


NO SECOND TROY    Poem Text    
First Line: Why should I blame her that she filled my days
Last Line: Was there another troy for her to burn?
Subject(s): Beauty; Helen Of Troy; Love; Love - Complaints; Mythology - Classical; Troy; Women


O DO NOT LOVE TOO LONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweetheart, do not love too long: / I loved long and long
Last Line: Like an old song.


OIL AND BLOOD       
First Line: In tombs of gold and lapis lazuli
Last Line: Their shrouds are bloody and their lips are wet


OLD MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: O thought, fly to her when the end of day
Last Line: That would be harsh for children that have strayed.
Subject(s): Memory; Old Age


OLD STONE CROSS       
First Line: A statesman is an easy man
Last Line: Under the old stone cross


OLD TOM AGAIN       
First Line: Things out of perfection sail
Last Line: Winding-sheet and swaddling clothes


ON A PICTURE OF A BLACK CENTAUR BY EDMUND DULAC       
First Line: Your hooves have stamped at the black margin of the wood
Last Line: Unwearied eyes upon those horrible green birds


ON A POLITICAL PRISONER    Poem Text    
First Line: She that but little patience knew
Last Line: Cried out the hollows of the sea.
Subject(s): Markiewicz, Constance Georgine, Countess; Socialism; Ire;and; England


ON BAILE'S STRAND    Poem Text    
First Line: What a clever man you are though you are blind!
Last Line: [they go out.
Subject(s): Ireland; Mythology - Celtic; Irish


ON BEING ASKED FOR A WAR POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I think it better that in times like these
Last Line: Or an old man upon a winter's night.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


ON HEARING THAT THE STUDENTS OF OUR NEW UNIVERSITY JOINED AGITATION ..    Poem Text    
First Line: Where, where but here have pride and truth
Last Line: Restraining reckless middle-age?
Subject(s): Youth


ON THOSE THAT HATED 'THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD'    Poem Text    
First Line: Once, when midnight smote the air
Last Line: Staring upon his sinewy thigh.
Subject(s): Synge, John Millington (1871-1909)


ON WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: May god be praised for woman / that gives up all her mind
Last Line: That sheba led a dance.
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Solomon (10th Century B.c.); Women; Theology


OWEN AHERNE AND HIS DANCERS       
First Line: A strange thing surely that my heart, when had come unsought
Last Line: O let her choose a young man now and all for his wild sake


PARNELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Parnell came down the road, he said to a cheering man:
Subject(s): Parnell, Charles Stewart (1846-1891)


PARNELL       
First Line: Parnell came down the road, he said to a cheering man:
Last Line: Ireland shall get her freedom and you still break stone'
Subject(s): Parnell, Charles Stewart (1846-1891)


PARNELL'S FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the great comedian's tomb the crowd
Subject(s): Funerals; Parnell, Charles Stewart (1846-1891); Burials


PARNELL'S FUNERAL       
First Line: Under the great comedian's tomb the crowd
Last Line: Through jonathan swift's dark grove he passed, and there %plucked bitter wisdom that enriched his bl
Subject(s): Funerals; Parnell, Charles Stewart (1846-1891)


PAUDEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Indignant at the fumbling wits, the obscure spite
Last Line: A single soul that lacks a sweet crystalline cry.
Subject(s): Equalioty; God


PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, that time could touch a form
Last Line: Came when time had touched her form.
Subject(s): Peace


PILGRIM       
First Line: I fasted for some forty days on bread and buttermilk
Last Line: For I can put the whole lot down, and all I have to say %is fol de rol de rolly o
Subject(s): Pilgrims And Pilgrimages


PLAYER QUEEN (AN UNFINISHED PLAY), SELS.       


POLITICS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: How can I, that girl standing there
Subject(s): Love; Politics & Government


POLITICS       
First Line: How can I, that girl standing there
Last Line: But o that I were young again %and held her in my arms
Subject(s): Love; Politics


PRAYER FOR MY SON       
First Line: Bid a strong ghost stand at the head
Last Line: Protecting, till the danger past, %with human love
Subject(s): Fathers; Men; Poetry And Poets; Prayer


PRAYER FOR OLD AGE       
First Line: God guard me from those thought men think
Last Line: That I may seem, though I die old, %a foolish, passionate man


PRESENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: This night has been so strange that it seemed
Last Line: And one, it may be, a queen.
Subject(s): Women; Fear; Dreams


PURGATORY       
First Line: Half-door, hall door
Last Line: The misery of the living and the remorse of the dead


QUARREL IN OLD AGE       
First Line: Where had her sweetness gone
Last Line: That shone before these eyes %targeted, trod like spring


RECONCILIATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Some may have blamed you that you took away
Last Line: My barren thoughts have chilled me to the bone.
Subject(s): Despair; Reconciliation


RED HANRAHAN'S SONG ABOUT IRELAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The old brown thorn-trees break in two high over cummen strand
Last Line: Is cathleen, the daughter of houlihan.
Variant Title(s): The Song Of Red Hanrahan
Subject(s): Ireland; Irish


REMORSE FOR INTEMPERATE SPEECH       
First Line: I ranted to the knave and fool
Last Line: I carry from my mother's womb %a fanatic heart


REPRISALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some nineteen german planes, they say
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


REPRISALS       
First Line: Some nineteen german planes, they say
Last Line: Then close your ears with dust and lie %among the other cheated dead
Subject(s): World War I


RESPONSIBILITIES: PROLOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Pardon, old fathers, if you still remain
Last Line: Nothing but that to prove your blood and mine.
Subject(s): Books; Reading


RESULTS OF THOUGHT       
First Line: Acquaintance; companion; %one dear brilliant woman
Last Line: Hesitate or stay? %what heads shake or nod?


ROGER CASEMENT (AFTER READING 'THE FORGED CASEMENT DIARIES')    Poem Text    
First Line: I say that roger casement / did what he had to do
Last Line: That is in quick-lime laid
Subject(s): Casement, Roger David (1864-1916); Nationalism - Ireland; Treason And Traitors


ROGER CASEMENT (AFTER READING 'THE FORGED CASEMENT DIARIES')       
First Line: I say that roger casement %did what he had to do
Last Line: Here died the o'rahilly. %r.I.P.' writ in blood. %how goes the weather?
Subject(s): Casement, Roger David (1864-1916); Nationalism - Ireland; Treason And Traitors


RUNNING TO PARADISE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: As I came over windy gap
Last Line: And there the king is but as the beggar.
Subject(s): Heaven; Paradise


SAILING TO BYZANTIUM    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: That is no country for old men. The young
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Birds; Constantinople; Death; Imagination; Immortality; Istanbul, Turkey; Men; Old Age; Poetry & Poets; Vision; Istambul; Byzantium; Dead, The; Fancy


SAILING TO BYZANTIUM       
First Line: That is no country for old men. The young
Last Line: To lords and ladies of byzantium %of what is past, or passing, or to come
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Birds; Constantinople; Death; Imagination; Immortality; Istanbul, Turkey; Men; Old Age; Poetry And Poets; Vision


SEPTEMBER 1913    Poem Text    
First Line: What need you, being come to sense
Last Line: They're with o'leary in the grave.
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions; O'leary, John (1830-1907); Patriotism


SEVEN SAGES       
First Line: My great-grandfather spoke to edmund burke in grattan's house
Last Line: They understood that wisdom comes of beggary


SHEPHERD AND GOATHERD    Poem Text    
First Line: That cry's from the first cuckoo of the year
Last Line: And children when they spring up shoulder-high.
Subject(s): Shepherds & Shepherdesses; Death


SIXTEEN DEAD MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: O but we talked at large before
Last Line: That converse bone to bone?
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


SOLOMON AND THE WITCH    Poem Text    
First Line: And thus declared that arab lady
Last Line: "o! Solomon! Let us try again."
Subject(s): Solomon (10th Century B.c.)


SOLOMON TO SHEBA    Poem Text    
First Line: Sang solomon to sheba
Last Line: "the world a narrow pound."
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Solomon (10th Century B.c.)


SPILT MILK       
First Line: We that have done and thought
Last Line: Like milk spilt on a stone


SPIRIT MEDIUM       
First Line: Poetry, music, I have loved, and yet
Last Line: I bend my body to the spade %or grope with a dirty hand


SPUR       
First Line: You think it terrible [or, horrible] that lust and rage
Last Line: What else have I to spur me into song?


STATESMAN'S HOLIDAY       
First Line: I lived among the great houses
Last Line: Tall dames go walking in grass-green avalon
Subject(s): Statesmen


STATISTICS       
First Line: Those platonists are a curse,' he said
Last Line: A diagram hung there instead, %more women born than men


STATUES       
First Line: Pythagoras planned it. Why did the people stare?
Last Line: The lineaments of a plummet-measured face


STICK OF INCENSE       
First Line: Whence did all that fury come?
Last Line: But liked the way his fingers smelt
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


STREAM AND SUN AT GLENDALOUGH       
First Line: Through intricate motions ran
Last Line: What made me live like these that seem %self-born, born anew?


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 1. RIBB AT THE TOMB OF BAILE AND AILLINN    Poem Text    
First Line: Because you have found me in the pitch-dark night
Subject(s): Old Age; Graves; Tombs; Tombstones


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 1. RIBH AT TOMB OF BAILE AND AILLINN       
First Line: Because you have found me in the pitch-dark night
Last Line: I turn the pages of my holy book


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 10. CONJUNCTIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: If jupiter and saturn meet,
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 10. CONJUNCTIONS       
First Line: If jupiter and saturn meet
Last Line: On breast of mars the goddess sighed


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 11. A NEEDLE'S EYE    Poem Text    
First Line: All the stream that's roaring by
Subject(s): Time


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 11. A NEEDLE'S EYE       
First Line: All the stream that's roaring by
Last Line: From needle's eye still goad it on


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 12. MERU    Poem Text    
First Line: Civilisation is hooped together, brought
Subject(s): Civilization; Religion; Theology


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 2. RIBB DENOUNCES PATRICK    Poem Text    
First Line: An abstract greek absurdity has crazed the man --
Subject(s): Supernatural; Religion; Theology


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 2. RIBH DENOUNCES PATRICK       
First Line: An abstract greek absurdity has crazed the man
Last Line: And could beget or bear themselves could they but love as he


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 3. RIBB IN ECSTASY    Poem Text    
First Line: What matter that you understood no word!
Subject(s): Happiness; Transience; Sex; Joy; Delight; Impermanence


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 3. RIBH IN ECSTASY       
First Line: What matter that you understood no word!
Last Line: Those amorous cries that out of quiet come %and must the common round of day resume


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 4. THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: There all the barrel-hoops are knit
Last Line: There all the planets drop in the sun
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 4. THERE       
First Line: There all the barrel-hoops are knit
Last Line: There all the planets drop in the sun
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 5. RIBH CONSIDERS CHRISTIAN LOVE IN SUFFICENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Why should I seek for love or study it?
Last Line: How can she live till in her blood he live!
Subject(s): Hate; Men


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 5. RIBH CONSIDERS CHRISTIAN LOVE IN SUFFICENT       
First Line: Why should I seek for love or study it?
Last Line: How can she live till in her blood he live!
Subject(s): Hate; Men


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 6. HE AND SHE    Poem Text    
First Line: As the moon sidles up
Subject(s): Soul


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 6. HE AND SHE       
First Line: As the moon sidles up
Last Line: All creation shivers %with that sweet cry


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 7. WHAT MAGIC DRUM?    Poem Text    
First Line: He holds him from desire, all but stops his breathing lest
Subject(s): Desire


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 7. WHAT MAGIC DRUM?       
First Line: He holds him from desire, all but stops his breathing lest
Last Line: What from the forest came? What beast has licked its young?


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 8. WHENCE HAD THEY COME    Poem Text    
First Line: Eternity is passion, girl or boy
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 8. WHENCE HAD THEY COME?       
First Line: Eternity is passion, girl or boy
Last Line: When world-transforming charlemagne was conceived?


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 9. THE FOUR AGES OF MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: He with body waged a fight,
Subject(s): God


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 9. THE FOUR AGES OF MAN       
First Line: He with body waged a fight
Last Line: Now his wars on god begin; %at stroke of midnight god shall win


SWEET DANCER       
First Line: The girl goes dancing there
Last Line: Ah, dancer, ah, sweet dancer!


SWIFT'S EPITAPH    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Swift has sailed into his rest
Subject(s): Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)


SWIFT'S EPITAPH       
First Line: Swift has sailed into his rest
Last Line: World-besotted traveller; he %served human liberty
Subject(s): Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)


SYMBOLS       
First Line: A storm-beaten old watch-tower
Last Line: Gold-sewn silk on the sword-blade, %beauty and fool together laid


THAT THE NIGHT COME    Poem Text    
First Line: She lived in storm and strife
Last Line: That the night come.
Subject(s): Death


THE ARROW    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought of your beauty, and this arrow
Last Line: I could weep that the old is out of season.
Subject(s): Beauty; Desire


THE BALLAD OF FATHER O'HART    Poem Text    
First Line: Good father o'hart / in penal days rode out
Last Line: Who dig old customs up.
Variant Title(s): The Priest Of Coloony
Subject(s): Death


THE BALLAD OF MOLL MAGEE    Poem Text    
First Line: Come round me, little childer
Last Line: And pity moll magee.
Subject(s): Misfortune; Poverty


THE BALLAD OF THE FOXHUNTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Now lay me in a cushioned chair
Last Line: The hounds wail for the dead.
Subject(s): Hunting; Hunters


THE BALLOON OF THE MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Hands, do what you're bid
Last Line: Into its narrow shed.
Subject(s): Mind


THE BLESSED    Poem Text    
First Line: Cumhal called out, bending his head
Last Line: In twilights of dew and of fire.'
Subject(s): Prayer; Blessings


THE CAP AND BELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: The jester walked in the garden
Last Line: And the quiet of love in her feet.
Subject(s): Supernatural


THE CAT AND THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The cat went here and there
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Dancing & Dancers; Moon


THE CIRCUS ANIMALS' DESERTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I sought a theme and sought for it in vain
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Memory; Past; Poetry & Poets; Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939); Dead, The


THE CLOAK, THE BOAT, AND THE SHOES    Poem Text    
First Line: What do you make so fair and bright?
Last Line: "sudden and light."
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision; Fancy


THE COLD HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly I saw the cold and rook-delighting heaven
Last Line: By the injustice of the skies for punishment?
Subject(s): Death; Memory


THE COLLAR-BONE OF A HARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Would I could cast a sail on the water
Last Line: Through the white thin bone of a hare.
Subject(s): Animals; Rabbits; Hares


THE COMING OF WISDOM WITH TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Though leaves are many, the root is one
Last Line: Now I may wither into the truth.
Subject(s): Aging; Wisdom


THE COUNTESS CATHLEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: What can have made the grey hen flutter so?
Last Line: The darkness.
Subject(s): Ireland; Irish


THE COUNTESS CATHLEEN IN PARADISE    Poem Text    
First Line: All the heavy days are over
Last Line: Flame on flame and wing on wing.
Variant Title(s): A Dream Of A Blessed Spirit
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE DANCER AT CRUACHAN AND CRO-PATRICK    Poem Text    
First Line: I, proclaiming that there is
Last Line: Acclaiming, proclaming, declaiming him
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


THE DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: I would be ignorant as the dawn
Last Line: Ignorant and wanton as the dawn.
Subject(s): Dawn; Ignorance


THE DEATH OF CUCHULAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: A man came slowly from the setting sun
Subject(s): Cuchulain; Legends, Irish


THE DOLLS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A doll in the doll-maker's house
Last Line: It was an accident.'
Subject(s): Dolls; Toys


THE DOUBLE VISION OF MICHAEL ROBARTES    Poem Text    
First Line: On the grey rock of cashel
Last Line: In cormac's ruined house.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Death


THE EVERLASTING VOICES    Poem Text    
First Line: O sweet everlasting voices, be still
Last Line: O sweet everlasting voices, be still.
Subject(s): Voices


THE FALLING OF THE LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Autumn is over the long leaves that love us
Last Line: With a kiss and a tear on thy on thy drooping brow.
Subject(s): Autumn; Farewell


THE FASCINATION OF WHAT'S DIFFICULT       


THE FIDDLER OF DOONEY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When I play on my fiddle in dooney
Last Line: And dance like a wave of the sea.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


THE FISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Although you hide in the ebb and flow
Last Line: And blame you with many bitter words.
Variant Title(s): Breasal The Fisherman
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing


THE FISHERMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Although I can see him still
Last Line: And passionate as the dawn.'
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


THE FOLLY OF BEING COMFORTED    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: One that is ever kind said yesterday
Last Line: You'd know the folly of being comforted.
Subject(s): Aging; Love


THE GREAT DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Hurrah for revolution and more cannon-shot!
Subject(s): Revolutions


THE GREY ROCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Poets with whom I learned my trade
Last Line: So that the wandering foot's content.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE HAPPY TOWNLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: There's many a strong farmer
Last Line: That is the world's bane.'
Variant Title(s): The Rider From The North
Subject(s): Future; Towns


THE HAWK    Poem Text    
First Line: Call down the hawk from the air
Last Line: A pretense of wit.'
Subject(s): Birds; Hawks


THE HEART OF THE WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: O what to me the little room
Last Line: My breath is mized into his breath.
Subject(s): Love; Women


THE HOST OF THE AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: O'driscoll drove with a song
Last Line: And never was piping so gay.
Variant Title(s): The Folk Of The Air
Subject(s): Infidelity; Dreams


THE HOSTING OF THE SIDHE    Poem Text    
First Line: The host is riding from knocknarea
Last Line: And niamh calling away, come away.
Subject(s): Legends, Irish


THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: A cursing rogue with a merry face
Last Line: The clouds were brightening with the dawn.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Begging & Beggars


THE INDIAN TO HIS LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The island dreams under the dawn
Last Line: With vapoury footsole among the water's drowsy blaze.
Subject(s): Nature; Passion


THE INDIAN UPON GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: I passed along the water's edge below the humid trees
Last Line: His languid tail above us, lit wth myriad spots of light.
Subject(s): God; Hinduism; Religion; Theology


THE ISLAND OF SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Fled foam underneath us and round us, a wandering and milky smoke
Last Line: In a long iron sleep, as a fish in the water goes dumb as a stone.
Subject(s): Sleep


THE KING'S THRESHOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: I welcome you that have the mastery
Last Line: The end
Subject(s): Mythology - Celtic


THE LAKE ISLE OF INNISFREE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I will arise and go now, and go to innisfree
Last Line: I hear it in the deep heart's core.
Subject(s): Contentment; Country Life; Imagination; Inland Waters; Innisfree, Ireland; Islands; Lakes; Life Change Events; Nature; Sligo, County (ireland); Solitude; Vision; Fancy; Pools; Ponds; Loneliness


THE LAMENTATION OF THE OLD PENSIONER (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: I had a chair at every hearth
Last Line: And the fret lies on me.
Subject(s): Old Age; Retirement


THE LAMENTATION OF THE OLD PENSIONER (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Although I shelter from the rain
Last Line: That has transfigured me.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Old Age; Retirement; Work; Workers


THE LAND OF HEART'S DESIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I bid her clean the pots for supper
Last Line: The lonely of heart is withered away.')
Subject(s): Fairies; Elves


THE LEADERS OF THE CROWD    Poem Text    
First Line: They must to keep their certainty accuse
Last Line: And heartier loves; that lamp is from the tomb.
Subject(s): Trfuth


THE LIVING BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: I bade, because the wick and oil are spent
Last Line: We cannot pay its tribute of wild tears.
Subject(s): Aging; Beauty


THE LOVER ASKS FORGIVENESS BECAUSE OF HIS MANY MOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: If this importunate heart trouble your peace
Last Line: The odorous twilight there.
Variant Title(s): Michael Robartes Asks Forgiveness Because Of His Many Moods
Subject(s): Moods; Forgiveness


THE LOVER MOURNS FOR THE LOSS OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Pale brows, still hands and dim hair
Last Line: She has gone weeping away.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Laments The Loss Of Love
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


THE LOVER PLEADS WITH HIS FRIENDS FOR OLD FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Though you are in your shining days
Last Line: For all eyes but these eyes.
Variant Title(s): The Poet Pleads With His Friend For Old Friends
Subject(s): Friendship


THE LOVER TELLS OF THE ROSE IN HIS HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: All things uncomely and broken, all things worn out and old
Last Line: My heart.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Tells Of The Rose In His Heart
Subject(s): Roses; Dreams


THE MADNESS OF KING GOLL    Poem Text    
First Line: I sat on cushioned otter skin
Last Line: Old.
Subject(s): Wandering & Wanderers; Courts & Couriers; Music & Musicians


THE MAGI    Poem Text    
First Line: Now as at all times I can see in the mind's eye
Last Line: The uncontrollable mystery on the bestial floor.
Subject(s): Bible; Christmas; Magi; Religion; Nativity, The; Theology


THE MAN WHO DREAMED OF FAERYLAND    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: He stood among a crowd at drumahair
Last Line: The man has found no comfort in the grave.
Subject(s): Ireland; Irish


THE MASK    Poem Text    
First Line: Put off that mask of burning gold
Last Line: In you, in me?'
Variant Title(s): A Lyric From An Unpublished Play
Subject(s): Masks


THE MEDITATION OF THE OLD FISHERMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: You waves, though you dance by my feet like children at play
Last Line: When I was a boy with never a crack in my heart.
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


THE MOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Time drops in decay
Last Line: Has fallen away?
Subject(s): Time; Transcience


THE MOTHER OF GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: The threefold terror of love; a fallen flare
Subject(s): Bible; Christmas; Religion; Nativity, The; Theology


THE MOUNTAIN TOMB    Poem Text    
First Line: Pour wine and dance if manhood still have pride
Last Line: Our father rosicross sleeps in his tomb.
Subject(s): Parties; Funerals; Death


THE MOUNTAIN TOMB: 1. TO A CHILD DANCING IN THE WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Dance there upon the shore
Last Line: The monstrous crying of wind?
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


THE MUNICIPAL GALLEY REVISITED    Poem Text    
First Line: Around me the images of thirty years
Subject(s): Museums; Art Gallerys


THE OLD AGE OF QUEEN MAEVE    Poem Text    
First Line: A certain poet in outlandish clothes
Last Line: A murmur of soft words and meeting lips.
Subject(s): Women Old Age; Courts & Couriers


THE OLD MEN ADMIRING THEMSELVES IN THE WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard the old, old men say
Last Line: Like the waters.'
Subject(s): Imagination; Time; Vision; Fancy


THE PEACOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: What's riches to him
Last Line: For the pride of his eye.
Variant Title(s): The Peacock
Subject(s): Pride; Contentment


THE PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: What have I earned for all that work,' I said
Last Line: After nine years, I sink my head abashed.
Subject(s): Memory; Regret


THE PHASES OF THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: An old man cocked his ear upon a bridge
Last Line: The light in the tower window was put out.
Subject(s): Moon


THE PILGRIM    Poem Text    
First Line: I fasted for some forty days on bread and buttermilk
Subject(s): Pilgrimages & Pilgrims


THE PITY OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: A pity beyond all telling
Last Line: Threaten the head that I love.
Subject(s): Love; Love - Complaints


THE PLAYERS ASK FOR A BLESSING ON THE PSALTERIES AND ON THEMSELVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Hurry to bless the hands that play
Last Line: But bless our hands that ebb away.
Subject(s): Musical Instruments


THE POET PLEADS WITH THE ELEMENTAL POWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The powers whose name and shape no living creature knows
Last Line: Whither her footsteps go.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Pleads With The Elemental Powers
Subject(s): Power


THE RAGGED WOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: O hurry where by water among the trees
Last Line: No one has ever loved but you and I.
Subject(s): Love


THE REALISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Hope that you may understand!
Last Line: With the dragons?
Subject(s): Reality


THE ROSE OF BATTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Rose of all roses, rose of all the world!
Last Line: Of our sad hearts, that may not live nor die.
Variant Title(s): They Went Forth To The Battle
Subject(s): War


THE ROSE OF PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: If michael, leader of god's host
Last Line: A peace of heaven with hell.
Subject(s): Peace


THE ROSE OF THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Who dreamed that beauty passes like a dream?
Last Line: Before her wandering feet.
Subject(s): Creation; Dreams; God


THE ROSE TREE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: O words are lightly spoken
Last Line: "can make a right rose tree."
Subject(s): Connolly, James (1868-1916); Flowers; Freedom; Pearse, Patrick Henry (1879-1916); Roses; Liberty


THE SAD SHEPHERD    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a man whom sorrow named his friend
Last Line: Among her wildering whirls, forgetting him.
Subject(s): Grief; Sea; Sorrow; Sadness; Ocean


THE SAINT AND THE HUNCHBACK    Poem Text    
First Line: Stand up and lift your hand and bless
Last Line: But most to alcibiades.
Subject(s): Hunchbacks


THE SCHOLARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Bald heads forgetful of their sins
Last Line: Did their catullus walk that way?
Subject(s): Scholarship & Scholars


THE SECOND COMING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Turning and turning in the widening gyre
Last Line: Slouches towards bethlehem to be born?
Subject(s): Bible; Birds; Chaos; Easter; History; Holidays; Imagination; Judgment Day; Men; Millenium; Religion; Vision; War; The Resurrection; Historians; Fancy; End Of The World; Doomsday; Fall Of Man; Theology


THE SECRET ROSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Far off, most, secret, and inviolate rose
Last Line: Far off, most secret, and inviolate rose?
Subject(s): Guests; Secrets; Roses; Beauty


THE SHADOWY WATERS: A DRAMATIC POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Has he not led us into these waste seas
Last Line: That have had dreams for father, live in us.
Subject(s): Legends, Celtic


THE SHADOWY WATERS: INTRODUCTORY LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: I walked among the seven woods of coole
Last Line: September 1900
Subject(s): Coole, Ireland


THE SHADOWY WATERS: THE HARP OF AENGUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Edain came out of midhir's hill, and lay
Last Line: But faithful lovers.
Subject(s): Mythology Irish


THE SONG OF THE HAPPY SHEPHERD    Poem Text    
First Line: The woods of arcady are dead
Last Line: Dream, dream, for this is also sooth.
Subject(s): Language; Truth; Shepherds & Shepherdesses


THE SONG OF THE OLD MOTHER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I rise in the dawn, and I kneel and blow
Last Line: And the seed of the fire gets feeble and cold.
Subject(s): Home; Mothers


THE SONG OF WANDERING AENGUS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I went out to the hazel wood
Last Line: The golden apples of the sun.
Subject(s): Fairies; Imagination; Men; Supernatural; Vision; Witchcraft & Witches; Elves; Fancy


THE SORROW OF LOVE (1)    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The quarrel of the sparrows in the eaves
Last Line: Are shaken with earth's old and weary cry.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


THE SORROW OF LOVE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: The brawling of a sparrow in the eaves
Last Line: No occasion to.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


THE SPUR    Poem Text    
First Line: You think it is horrible that lust and rage
Subject(s): Old Age; Lust; Anger


THE STATESMAN'S HOLIDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I lived among great houses
Subject(s): Statesmen


THE STOLEN CHILD    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Where dips the rocky highland
Last Line: From a world more full of weeping than he can understand.
Subject(s): Fairies; Supernatural; Elves


THE THREE BEGGARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Though to my feather in the wet
Last Line: If but I do not seem to care.'
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars


THE THREE HERMITS    Poem Text    
First Line: Three old hermits took the air
Last Line: Sang unnoticed like a bird.
Subject(s): Hermits; Imagination; Mortality; Old Age; Vision; Fancy


THE TOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: What shall I do with this absurdity
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision; Fancy


THE TRAVAIL OF PASSION    Poem Text    
First Line: When the flaming lute-thronged angelic door is wide
Last Line: Lilies of death-pale hope, roses of passionate dream.
Subject(s): Passion


THE TWO KINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: King eochaid came at sundown to a wood
Last Line: And bade all welcome, being ignorant.
Subject(s): Courts & Couriers


THE TWO TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: Beloved, gaze in thine own heart
Last Line: Gaze no more in the bitter glass.
Subject(s): Trees


THE UNAPPEASABLE HOST    Poem Text    
First Line: The danaan children laugh, in cradles of wrought gold
Last Line: Is comelier than candles at mother mary's feet.
Variant Title(s): A Cradle Song
Subject(s): Danae; God


THE VALLEY OF THE BLACK PIG    Poem Text    
First Line: The dews drop slowly and dreams gather: unknown spears
Last Line: Master of the still stars and of the flaming door.
Subject(s): War


THE WANDERINGS OF OISIN    Poem Text    
First Line: You who are bent, and bald, and blind
Last Line: And dwell in the house of the fenians, be they in flames or at feast.
Subject(s): Aging


THE WHITE BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I would that we were, my beloved, white birds on the foam of the sea!
Last Line: The sea!
Subject(s): Birds


THE WICKED HAWTHORN TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: O, but I saw a solemn sight
Subject(s): Supernatural


THE WILD OLD WICKED MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I am mad about women
Subject(s): Men; Old Age; Passion


THE WILD SWANS AT COOLE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The trees are in their autumn beauty
Last Line: To find they have flown away?
Subject(s): Aging; Birds; Coole, Ireland; Imagination; Swans; Vision; Fancy


THE WITCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Toil and grow rich
Last Line: With despair?
Subject(s): Greed; Wealth


THE WITHERING OF THE BOUGHS    Poem Text    
First Line: I cried when the moon was murmuring to the birds
Last Line: The boughs have withered because I have told them my dreams.
Subject(s): Winter; Dreams


THESE ARE THE CLOUDS ABOUT THE FALLEN SUN    Poem Text    
Last Line: The majesty that shuts his burning eye.
Subject(s): Clouds


THOSE DANCING DAYS ARE GONE       
First Line: Come, let me sing into your ear
Last Line: I carry the sun in a golden cup, %the moon in a silver bag


THOSE IMAGES       
First Line: What if I bade you leave %the cavern of the mind?
Last Line: Recognise the five %that make the muses sing


THREE BUSHES       
First Line: Said lady once to lover, %'none can rely upon'
Last Line: When they have plucked a rose there, %know where its roots began


THREE MARCHING SONGS: 1       
First Line: Remember all those renowned generations
Last Line: And all that's finished, let it fade


THREE MARCHING SONGS: 2       
First Line: The soldier takes pride in saluting his captain
Last Line: And no man knows what treads the grass


THREE MARCHING SONGS: 3       
First Line: Grandfather sang it under the gallows
Last Line: Robbers had taken his old tambourine


THREE MONUMENTS       
First Line: They hold their public meetings where
Last Line: And pride bring in impurity: %the three old rascals laugh aloud


THREE MOVEMENTS       
First Line: Shakespearean fish swam the sea, far away from land
Last Line: What are all those fish that lie gasping on the strand?


THREE SONGS TO THE ONE BURDEN: 1       
First Line: The roaring tinker if you like
Last Line: From mountain to mountain ride the fierce horsemen


THREE SONGS TO THE ONE BURDEN: 2       
First Line: My name is henry middleton
Last Line: From mountain to mountain ride the fierce horsemen


THREE SONGS TO THE ONE BURDEN: 3       
First Line: Come gather round me, players all
Last Line: From mountain to mountain ride the fierce horsemen


THREE SONGS TO THE SAME TUNE: 1       
First Line: Grandfather sang it under the gallows
Last Line: Down to the tune of o'donnell abu


THREE SONGS TO THE SAME TUNE: 2       
First Line: Justify all those renowned generations
Last Line: Drown the dogs,' said the fierce young woman
Variant Title(s): The Renowned Generation


THREE SONGS TO THE SAME TUNE: 3       
First Line: The soldier takes pride in saluting his captain
Last Line: Time I was buried,' the old, old man


THREE THINGS       
First Line: O cruel death, give three things back
Last Line: A bone wave-whitened and dried in the wind


TO A CHILD DANCING IN THE WIND: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Has no one said those daring / kind eyes should be more learned?
Last Line: And I speak a barbarous tongue.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


TO A FRIEND WHOSE WORK HAS COME TO NOTHING    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Now all the truth is out
Last Line: That is most difficult.
Subject(s): Failure


TO A POET, WHO WOULD HAVE ME PRAISE CERTAIN BAD POETS, IMITATORS ...    Poem Text    
First Line: You say, as I have often given tongue
Last Line: But was there ever dog that praised his fleas?
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


TO A SHADE    Poem Text    
First Line: If you have revisited the town, thin shade
Last Line: Away, away! You are safer in the tomb.
Subject(s): Ghosts; Ireland - Rebellions; Parnell, Charles Stewart (1846-1891); Supernatural


TO A SQUIRREL AT KYLE-NA-NO    Poem Text    
First Line: Come play with me
Last Line: And let you go.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Squirrels


TO A WEALTHY MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: You gave, but will not give again
Last Line: But the right twigs for an eagle's nest!
Subject(s): Museums; Wealth; Art Gallerys; Riches; Fortunes


TO A YOUNG BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear fellow-artist, why so free / with every sort of company
Last Line: With landor and with donne.
Subject(s): Beauty; Friendship - Selectivity


TO A YOUNG GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear, my dear, I know / more than another
Last Line: And glittered in her eyes.


TO AN ISLE IN THE WATER    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Shy one, shy one
Last Line: With her would I fly.
Subject(s): Love


TO BE CARVED ON A STONE AT THOOR BALLYLEE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: I, the poet william yeats
Last Line: When all is ruin once again.
Subject(s): Ireland; Poetry & Poets; Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939); Irish


TO BE CARVED ON A STONE AT THOOR BALLYLEE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: I, the poet william yeats
Subject(s): Ireland; Poetry & Poets; Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939); Irish


TO BE CARVED ON A STONE AT THOOR BALLYLEE (2)       
First Line: I, the poet william yeats
Last Line: From fashion or an empty mind, %what referty built and stone designed
Subject(s): Ireland; Poetry And Poets; Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939)


TO DOROTHY WELLESLEY       
First Line: Stretch towards the moonless midnight of the trees
Last Line: The proud furies each with her touch on high


TO HIS HEART, BIDDING IT HAVE NO FEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Be you still, be you still, trembling heart
Last Line: With the proud, majestical multitude.
Variant Title(s): To My Heart, Bidding It Have No Fear
Subject(s): Fear; Hearts


TO IRELAND IN THE COMING TIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Know, that I would accounted be
Last Line: After the red-rose-bordered hem.
Variant Title(s): Apologia Addressed To Ireland In The Coming Days
Subject(s): Ireland; Irish


TO SOME I HAVE TALKED WITH BY THE FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: While I wrought out these fitful danaan rhymes
Last Line: Of their long wings, the flash of their white feet.
Subject(s): Life; Conversation


TO THE ROSE UPON THE ROOD OF TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Red rose, proud rose, sad rose of all my days!
Last Line: Red rose, proud rose, sad rose of all my days.
Subject(s): Flowers; Ireland; Legends, Irish; Roses; Irish


TOM AT CRUACHAN       
First Line: On cruachan's plain slept he
Last Line: Mounted the mare of time, %'gat the foal of the world


TOM O'ROUGHLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Though logic-choppers rule the town
Last Line: "I'd dance a measure on his grave."
Subject(s): Friendship


TOM THE LUNATIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Sand old tom the lunatic
Subject(s): Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


TOM THE LUNATIC       
First Line: Sang old tom the lunatic
Last Line: In all the vigour of its blood; %in that faith I live or die


TOWARDS BREAK OF DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Was it the double of my dream
Last Line: From mountain steep to steep.
Subject(s): Dreams


TOWER       
First Line: What shall I do with this absurdity
Last Line: Or a bird's sleepy cry %among the deepening shades
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


TWO SONGS FROM A PLAY ('THE RESURRECTION'): 1       
First Line: I saw a staring virgin stand
Last Line: Out of the fabulous darkness called


TWO SONGS FROM A PLAY ('THE RESURRECTION'): 2    Poem Text    
First Line: In pity for man's darkening thought
Subject(s): Jesus Christ; Resurrection, The


TWO SONGS FROM A PLAY ('THE RESURRECTION'): 2       
First Line: In pity for man's darkening thought
Last Line: Man's own resinous heart has fed
Subject(s): Jesus Christ; Resurrection, The


TWO SONGS OF A FOOL: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: A speckled cat and a tame hare
Last Line: My great responsibilities?
Subject(s): Fools; Pets; Idiots


TWO SONGS OF A FOOL: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: I slept on my three-legged stool by the fire
Last Line: The horn's sweet note and the tooth of the hound.
Subject(s): Fools; Pets; Idiots


TWO SONGS REWRITTEN FOR THE TUNE'S SAKE: 1       
First Line: My paistin finn is my sole desire
Last Line: To-morrow night I will break down the door


TWO SONGS REWRITTEN FOR THE TUNE'S SAKE: 2       
First Line: I would that I were an old beggar
Last Line: He rhyming alone in his bed


UNDER BEN BULBEN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Swear by what the sages spoke
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision; Fancy


UNDER BEN BULBEN       
First Line: Swear by what the sages spoke
Last Line: Horseman, pass by!
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


UNDER SATURN    Poem Text    
First Line: Do not because this day I have grown saturnine
Last Line: November 1919
Subject(s): Home; Promises; Writing & Writers


UNDER THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: I have no happiness in dreaming of brycelinde
Last Line: Even in an old story, is a burden not to be borne.


UNDER THE ROUND TOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Although I'd lie lapped up in linen
Last Line: On great-grandfather's battered tomb.'
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Dreams


UPON A DYING LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: With the old kindness, the old distinguished grace
Last Line: It is about to die.
Subject(s): Christmas Trees; Courage; Death; Dolls; Toys; Valor; Bravery; Dead, The


UPON A HOUSE SHAKEN BY THE LAND AGITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: How should the world be luckier if this house
Last Line: Wrought of high laughter, loveliness and ease?
Variant Title(s): Upon A Threatened House
Subject(s): Ireland Rebellions


VACILLATION       
First Line: Between extremities %man runs his course
Last Line: So get you gone, von hugel, though with blessings on your head


VACILLATION: 8       
First Line: Must we part, von hugel, though much alike, for we
Last Line: So get you gone, von hugel, though with blessings on your head


VERONICA'S NAPKIN       
First Line: The heavenly circuit; berenice's hair
Last Line: Some found a different pole, and where it stood %a pattern on a napkin dipped in blood


VISION, SELS.       
First Line: At the birth of christ religious life becomes primary
Last Line: The sphere, the unique intervenes


VOICE       
First Line: One day I was walking over a bit of marshy ground
Last Line: Happy, immortal wretch have a face like this


WATERS OF THE BOYNE       
First Line: Merchant and scholar who have left me blood
Last Line: James and his irish when the dutchman crossed


WHAT THEN?       
First Line: His chosen comrades thought at school
Last Line: But louder sang that ghost, 'what then?'


WHAT WAS LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: I sing what was lost and dread what was won
Subject(s): War


WHAT WAS LOST       
First Line: I sing what was lost and dread what was won
Last Line: They always beat on the same small stone
Subject(s): War


WHEEL       
First Line: Through winter-time we call on spring
Last Line: Nor know that what disturbs our blood %is but its longing for the tomb


WHEN HELEN LIVED    Poem Text    
First Line: We have cried in our despair / that men desert
Last Line: A word and a jest.
Subject(s): Helen Of Troy; Mythology - Classical


WHEN YOU ARE OLD    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When you are old and grey and full of sleep
Last Line: And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
Variant Title(s): Sonnet To Helen: 1
Subject(s): Desire; Loss; Love; Memory; Old Age


WHERE MY BOOKS GO    Poem Text    
First Line: All the words that I utter
Last Line: Storm-darken'd or starry bright.
Subject(s): Books; Writing & Writers; Reading


WHILE I, FROM THAT RED-THROATED WHISPERER    Poem Text    
First Line: While I, from that reed-throated whisperer
Last Line: Are but a post the passing dogs defile.
Subject(s): Fame


WHO GOES WITH FERGUS?    Poem Text    
First Line: Who will go drive with fergus now
Last Line: And all dishevelled wandering stars.
Subject(s): Youth; Fear


WHY SHOULD NOT OLD MEN BE MAD?       
Last Line: Know why an old man should be mad


WICKED HAWTHORN TREE       
First Line: O, but I saw a solemn sight
Subject(s): Supernatural


WILD OLD WICKED MAN       
First Line: Because I am mad about women
Last Line: Daybreak and a candle-end
Subject(s): Men; Old Age; Passion


WISDOM       
First Line: The true faith discovered was %when painted panel, statuary
Last Line: Considering what whild infancy %drove horror from his mother's breast


WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 1. FATHER AND CHILD       
First Line: She hears me strike the board and say
Last Line: That his hair is beautiful, %cold as the march wind his eyes
Subject(s): Erotic Love; Love


WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 10. MEETING       
First Line: Hidden by old age awhile
Last Line: Had found a sweeter word


WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 11. FROM THE 'ANTIGONE'       
First Line: Overcome - o bitter sweetness
Last Line: Descends into the loveless dust


WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 2. BEFORE THE WORLD WAS MADE       
First Line: If I make the lashes dark
Last Line: I'd have him love the thing that was %before the world was made


WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 3. A FIRST CONFESSION       
First Line: I admit the briar %entangled in my hair
Last Line: What can they do but shun me %if empty night replies?


WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 4. HER TRIUMPH       
First Line: I did the dragon's will until you came
Last Line: And a miraculous strange bird shrieks at us
Subject(s): Love; Mythology


WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 5. CONSOLATION       
First Line: O but there is a wisdom %in what the sages said
Last Line: But where the crime's committed %the crime can be forgot


WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 6. CHOSEN       
First Line: The lot of love is chosen. I learnt that much
Last Line: Where - wrote a learned astrologer - %the zodiac is changed into a sphere


WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 7. PARTING       
First Line: Dear, I must be gone
Last Line: I offer to love's play %my dark declivities


WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 8. HER VISION IN THE WOOD       
First Line: Dry timber under that rich foliage
Last Line: But my heart's victim and its torturer


WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 9. A LAST CONFESSION       
First Line: What lively lad most pleasured me
Last Line: There's not a bird of day that dare %extinquish that daylight
Subject(s): Erotic Love


WOMAN'S BEAUTY IS LIKE A WHITE FRAIL BIRD       
First Line: A woman's beauty is like a white
Last Line: Dragged into being %this loveliness


WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I had this thought a while ago
Last Line: And been content to live.
Variant Title(s): The Consolation
Subject(s): Language; Sympathy


YOUNG MAN'S SONG       
First Line: She will change,' I cried
Last Line: To my offended heart %until it pardon me


YOUTH AND AGE       
First Line: Much did I rage when young
Last Line: But now with flattering tongue %it speeds the parting guest