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W.B. Yeats Poems

The Song of Wandering Aengus

When You Are Old

The Cap and Bells

Adam's Curse

He Wishes His Beloved Were Dead

When You Are Old


When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
and nodding by the fire, take down this book,
and slowly read, and dream of the soft look
your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
and loved your beauty with love false or true,
but one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
and loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down besides the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
and paced upon the mountain overhead
and hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
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