William Butler Yeats

[W.B. Yeats] (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

William Butler Yeats Poems

361. To A Wealthy Man Who Promised A Second Subscription To The Dublin Municipal Gallery If It Were Proved The People Wanted Pictures 5/17/2001
362. To A Young Beauty 5/17/2001
363. To A Young Girl 5/17/2001
364. To An Isle In The Water 5/17/2001
365. To Be Carved On A Stone At Ballylee 1/3/2003
366. To Be Carved On A Stone At Thoor Ballylee 5/17/2001
367. To Dorothy Wellesley 5/17/2001
368. To His Heart, Bidding It Have No Fear 5/17/2001
369. To Ireland In The Coming Times 5/17/2001
370. To Some I Have Talked With By The Fire 5/17/2001
371. To Songs Of A Fool 5/17/2001
372. To The Rose Upon The Rood Of Time 5/17/2001
373. Tom At Cruachan 1/13/2003
374. Tom O'Roughley 5/17/2001
375. Tom The Lunatic 1/3/2003
376. Towards Break Of Day 5/17/2001
377. Two Songs From A Play 1/3/2003
378. Two Songs Of A Fool 1/3/2003
379. Two Songs Rewritten For The Tune's Sake 5/17/2001
380. Two Years Later 5/17/2001
381. Under Ben Bulben 5/17/2001
382. Under Saturn 5/17/2001
383. Under The Moon 5/17/2001
384. Under The Round Tower 5/17/2001
385. Upon A Dying Lady 5/17/2001
386. Upon A House Shaken By The Land Agitation 5/17/2001
387. Vacilliation 5/17/2001
388. Veronica's Napkin 5/17/2001
389. What Then? 5/17/2001
390. What Was Lost 5/17/2001
391. When Helen Lived 5/17/2001
392. When You Are Old 5/17/2001
393. Where My Books Go 1/3/2003
394. Who Goes With Fergus? 5/17/2001
395. Why Should Not Old Men Be Mad? 5/17/2001
396. Wisdom 5/17/2001
397. Words 5/17/2001
398. Words For Music Perhaps 5/17/2001
399. Young Man's Song 1/3/2003
400. Youth And Age 5/17/2001
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.

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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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