William Butler Yeats

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

Down By The Salley Gardens

Poem by William Butler Yeats

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 about Down By The Salley Gardens by William Butler Yeats

  • Stavroula Avgousti (10/25/2012 5:55:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Harriet James (10/9/2012 2:16:00 PM)

    I just love to sing this :)(Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Ian Fraser (12/6/2010 8:42:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Roland Cho (5/24/2005 9:53:00 PM)

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

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 4 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: snow, river, tree, love, life

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

[Report Error]