Down By The Salley Gardens Poem by William Butler Yeats

Down By The Salley Gardens

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DOWN by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.
In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Stavroula Avgousti 25 October 2012

A very nostalgic poem about love lost...I was young and foolish and now I am full of tears...how many people's feelings are conveyed in this verse...A poem also turned beautifully into a traditional song and also into a ballad lyrically sung by A.Branduardi in his album Branduardi canta Yeats.

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Harriet James 09 October 2012

I just love to sing this :)

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Ian Fraser 06 December 2010

Lovely simple early poem by Yeats makes a great song lyric. Much prefer this to his later ' I am the great bard of Ireland' stuff.

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Roland Cho 24 May 2005

This is an evergreen leaf in a world bedeviled by infidelity in love. Thanks a million times to Yeats, again and always.

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