William Butler Yeats

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

Two Years Later Poem by William Butler Yeats


HAS no one said those daring
Kind eyes should be more learn'd?
Or warned you how despairing
The moths are when they are burned?
I could have warned you; but you are young,
So we speak a different tongue.
O you will take whatever's offered
And dream that all the world's a friend,
Suffer as your mother suffered,
Be as broken in the end.
But I am old and you are young,
And I speak a barbarous tongue.

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

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