William Butler Yeats

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

For Anne Gregory

Poem by William Butler Yeats

'NEVER shall a young man,
Thrown into despair
By those great honey-coloured
Ramparts at your ear,
Love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair.'
'But I can get a hair-dye
And set such colour there,
Brown, or black, or carrot,
That young men in despair
May love me for myself alone
And not my yellow hair.'
'I heard an old religious man
But yesternight declare
That he had found a text to prove
That only God, my dear,
Could love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair.'

Comments about For Anne Gregory by William Butler Yeats

  • Vivian Timmons (2/12/2020 3:24:00 PM)

    Too bad a real person couldn't read the poem instead of an electronic reader.(Report)Reply

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  • Lana Lipsett (3/1/2019 1:22:00 AM)

    The narrator is dreadful, certainly doesn’t know how to read poetry.(Report)Reply

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  • Joel Coble (10/7/2008 10:22:00 PM)

    I love the lines about the old religious man and love the idea that you might find an ancient text that proves something, beyond doubt.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001