William Butler Yeats

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

He Tells Of A Valley Full Of Lovers Poem by William Butler Yeats


I DREAMED that I stood in a valley, and amid sighs,
For happy lovers passed two by two where I stood;
And I dreamed my lost love came stealthily out of the wood
With her cloud-pale eyelids falling on dream-dimmed eyes:
I cried in my dream, O women, bid the young men lay
Their heads on your knees, and drown their eyes with your fair,
Or remembering hers they will find no other face fair
Till all the valleys of the world have been withered away.

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

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