William Butler Yeats

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

Veronica's Napkin


THE Heavenly Circuit; Berenice's Hair;
Tent-pole of Eden; the tent's drapery;
Symbolical glory of thc earth and air!
The Father and His angelic hierarchy
That made the magnitude and glory there
Stood in the circuit of a needle's eye.
Some found a different pole, and where it stood
A pattern on a napkin dipped in blood.

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

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