William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats Poems

1. Colonus' Praise 5/15/2001
2. The Dedication To A Book Of Stories 5/17/2001
3. On Hearing That The Students Of Our New University Have Joined The Agitation Against Immoral Literature 1/1/2004
4. John Kinsella's Lament For Mr. Mary Moore 5/15/2001
5. In Memory Of Alfred Pollexfen 5/15/2001
6. A Thought From Propertius 5/15/2001
7. Introductory Lines (The Shadowy Waters) 1/1/2004
8. Alternative Song For The Severd Head In "The King Of The Great Clock Tower" 12/31/2002
9. Three Marching Songs 5/17/2001
10. The Shadowy Waters: Introductory Lines 1/13/2003
11. Slim Adolescence That A Nymph Has Stripped, 12/31/2002
12. The Valleys Of The Black Pig 5/17/2001
13. The Dedication To A Book Of Stories Selected From The Irish Novelists 1/13/2003
14. The Statesman's Holiday 5/17/2001
15. The Attack On ‘the Playboy Of The Western World,’ 1907 1/3/2003
16. The Unappeasable Host 5/17/2001
17. The Valley Of The Black Pig 1/3/2003
18. A Statesman's Holiday 1/13/2003
19. Responsibilities - Introduction 1/13/2003
20. Tom The Lunatic 1/3/2003
21. To A Wealthy Man Who Promised A Second Subscription To The Dublin Municipal Gallery If It Were 1/1/2004
22. King And No King 5/15/2001
23. The Double Vision Of Michael Robartes 5/17/2001
24. The Delphic Oracle Upon Plotinus 1/13/2003
25. Tom O'Roughley 5/17/2001
26. The O'Rahilly 5/17/2001
27. The Poet Pleads With The Elemental Powers 5/17/2001
28. Crazy Jane Reproved 1/13/2003
29. The Lover Speaks To The Hearers Of His Songs In Coming Days 5/17/2001
30. Three Songs To The Same Tune 5/17/2001
31. The Chambermaid's Second Song 1/13/2003
32. The Dancer At Cruachan And Cro-Patrick 1/13/2003
33. A Man Young And Old: Vii. The Friends Of His Youth 1/13/2003
34. To Be Carved On A Stone At Ballylee 1/3/2003
35. He Hears The Cry Of The Sedge 5/15/2001
36. The Man And The Echo 5/17/2001
37. Old Tom Again 1/13/2003
38. A Woman Homer Sung 5/15/2001
39. The Chambermaid's First Song 5/17/2001
40. Form The Green Helmet And Other Poems 5/15/2001
Best Poem of William Butler Yeats

When You Are Old

WHEN you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim Soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

Read the full of When You Are Old


O but there is wisdom
In what the sages said;
But stretch that body for a while
And lay down that head
Till I have told the sages
Where man is comforted.

How could passion run so deep
Had I never thought
That the crime of being born
Blackens all our lot?
But where the crime's committed
The crime can be forgot.

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