William Butler Yeats

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

He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven - Poem by William Butler Yeats

HAD I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.


Comments about He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven by William Butler Yeats

  • (9/26/2019 11:17:00 AM)

    May I have a way of analyzing poems if anyone can help (Report)Reply

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  • (9/8/2019 11:17:00 PM)

    Superb (Report)Reply

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  • Castellenas John (3/27/2019 3:53:00 PM)

    Yeats words, heavy and true. A legend of poetry Mr. Yeats. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/23/2018 12:13:00 AM)

    The poem ends with a prayer not to tread hard on the dreams. The contrasting dreams and the poverty are left to the God to decide upon as to which one is to prevail. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/8/2018 12:40:00 PM)

    I believed that I had heard of a slightly different quote: ...but I, being poor, have only my dreams. I spread my dreams beneath your feet, tread softly, lest you tread on my dreams. Do you have any info on this version? (Report)Reply

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  • (9/5/2018 9:33:00 PM)

    Absolutely beautiful! Warms the heart...very touching (Report)Reply

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  • Jcson Jenuis (4/27/2018 3:31:00 AM)

    Oh wow rocking my legs, thought and dreams (Report)Reply

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  • (4/16/2018 11:35:00 AM)

    A wonderful poet❣️ (Report)Reply

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  • (3/17/2018 2:50:00 AM)

    OMG that was my first Yeates poem, mind blowing. Pure GENIUS (Report)Reply

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  • (2/9/2018 7:08:00 PM)

    Conductor Of The HEXHAM Male Voice Choir in U.K.we had a lovely arrangement of Cloths Of Heave (Report)Reply

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  • (1/4/2018 6:24:00 PM)

    This poem was also quoted by Anthony Hopkins in the film 84 Charing Cross Road. It was haunting and beautiful. Hearing him recite the words with that smooth velvet voice of his lead to my learning the poem by heart and making it my favourite of all time. The poem is short, but oh so sweet. (Report)Reply

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  • Abhimanyu Kumar.s (12/2/2017 7:50:00 AM)

    Very true a poor can only dream big and get none yet win all. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/28/2017 11:00:00 AM)

    Beautiful work... the dreams of the poor man are his riches (Report)Reply

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  • (11/14/2017 4:33:00 AM)

    HE wishes for the cloths of heaven, not SHE wishes. Inappropriate reader and poorly read into the bargain! (Report)Reply

    (3/18/2019 10:59:00 PM)

    Malfleur, I think it is an electronic voice, so yes, it is inappropriate as it is devoid of feeling.

    (1/13/2018 1:10:00 AM)

    Is it always necessary to criticise artists of a time gone by

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  • Bjpafa Meragente (8/18/2017 3:01:00 PM)

    W.B.Yeats, old and young give him praise. (Report)Reply

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  • (6/13/2017 9:35:00 AM)

    So great the poem is! (Report)Reply

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  • (4/23/2017 4:08:00 AM)

    Beautiful description and moving sentiments! (Report)Reply

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  • (1/7/2017 3:36:00 PM)

    sweet dreams are a fragile gift. (Report)Reply

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  • Tapan M. Saren (11/19/2016 1:04:00 AM)

    Another beautiful art by a great artist.. (Report)Reply

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  • Earnest Gatuma (11/6/2016 3:03:00 PM)

    I love the analogy that goes through here, it explains intelligently of what a man does go through in trial to achieve a goal.Simply splendid! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001



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