A Faery Song Poem by William Butler Yeats

A Faery Song

Rating: 3.1


i{Sung by the people of Faery over Diarmuid and Grania,}
i{in their bridal sleep under a Cromlech.}

WE who are old, old and gay,
O so old!
Thousands of years, thousands of years,
If all were told:
Give to these children, new from the world,
Silence and love;
And the long dew-dropping hours of the night,
And the stars above:
Give to these children, new from the world,
Rest far from men.
Is anything better, anything better?
Tell us it then:
Us who are old, old and gay,
O so old!
Thousands of years, thousands of years,
If all were told.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Amira Remadna 28 May 2013

I like it so cool! ! ! ! (^_^)

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Juan Olivarez 28 May 2010

Now we are talking poets. William Butler Yeats the cream of the crop. Excellent as are all his works.

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Kevin Straw 28 May 2009

The problem with this poem is that one feels one needs to know something of the faery lore it is based on for it to make sense; otherwise it's just pleasant sounding. It's the same with religious poems, you need to know the theological background.

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Ned Coates 12 February 2010

The part of fairly lore most relevant is that folk belief held that a child could be stolen by the fairies (AKA the Sidhe) and would, like them, become immortal. But as Yeats points out in The Stolen Child and other places, the immortalized person would no longer appreciate the little things of our transient life.

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Joseph Poewhit 28 May 2009

A time of reflection, casting life into thousands of years. Though with GOD one day can be a thousand years. BUT, age is a part of the flower blooming, after the growth.

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Khairul Ahsan 16 January 2019

'Us who are old, old and gay, O so old! Thousands of years, thousands of years, If all were told.' - The lyrics end so beautifully! A nice song.

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Edward Kofi Louis 15 January 2019

Old and gay! ! Able to teach the children. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Adrian Flett 15 January 2019

'Is anything better, anything better? Tell us it then: ' A wise and beautiful song with the unanswered question...

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Mahtab Bangalee 15 January 2019

We are Old so OLD in request this seat is WORLD, don't sale The new CHILD find this NOT SOLD yet live in scary tale TOLD

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Ratnakar Mandlik 15 January 2019

A fantastic flight of imagery of a great poet has composed this wonderful verse. Thanks for posting it here.

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