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

  • 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

  • (3/17/2018 2:50:00 AM)


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

  • (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

  • (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

  • 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

  • (11/28/2017 11:00:00 AM)


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

  • (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

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

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

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


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

  • (6/13/2017 9:35:00 AM)


    So great the poem is! (Report) Reply

  • (4/23/2017 4:08:00 AM)


    Beautiful description and moving sentiments! (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/7/2017 3:36:00 PM)

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    sweet dreams are a fragile gift. (Report) Reply

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


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

  • 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

  • (11/15/2015 8:13:00 AM)


    I adore this poem! Simple yet touching! (Report) Reply

  • Kul Rai (10/27/2015 3:44:00 PM)


    such a touching depth of lightness and dark (Report) Reply

  • (6/9/2014 6:32:00 AM)


    ..........oh this is so wondrous...to love some one so much to include them in all of your dreams.....truly speaks of an amazing love..... (Report) Reply

  • (9/21/2009 5:43:00 AM)


    Beautiful, evocative, simple, sincere and vulnerable. (Report) Reply

  • (3/3/2009 1:09:00 PM)


    How to change your life in 40 seconds! Sit and read this poem...Blithe was right on the poems' succinctness...whew! big word fer me...but perfect! I have been lookin fer this poem for 10 years now! Never used the puter to track it down until this morning! THANKS POEMHUNTER! (Report) Reply

  • (1/10/2009 11:05:00 AM)


    The succinctness, rhythm and sentiment make this, in my view, one of the most perfect poems ever written (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001



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