William Butler Yeats

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

The Cloak, The Boat, And The Shoes


'WHAT do you make so fair and bright?'
'I make the cloak of Sorrow:
O lovely to see in all men's sight
Shall be the cloak of Sorrow,
In all men's sight.'
'What do you build with sails for flight?'
'I build a boat for Sorrow:
O swift on the seas all day and night
Saileth the rover Sorrow,
All day and night.'
What do you weave with wool so white?'
'I weave the shoes of Sorrow:
Soundless shall be the footfall light
In all men's ears of Sorrow,
Sudden and light.'

Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2001
Edited: Thursday, May 17, 2001

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