William Butler Yeats

(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

A Nativity Poem by William Butler Yeats


WHAT woman hugs her infant there?
Another star has shot an ear.

What made the drapery glisten so?
Not a man but Delacroix.

What made the ceiling waterproof?
Landor's tarpaulin on the roof

What brushes fly and moth aside?
Irving and his plume of pride.

What hurries out the knaye and dolt?
Talma and his thunderbolt.

Why is the woman terror-struck?
Can there be mercy in that look?

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Edited: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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