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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

The Song of Wandering Aengus


I went to the hazel wood
beacause a fire was in my head,
and cut and peeled a hazel wand,
and hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
and moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
and caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire aflame,
but something rustled on the floor,
and some one called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
with apple blossom in her hair
who called me by my name and ran
and faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering
through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
and kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
and pluck till time and times are done
the silver apples of the moon,
the golden apples of the sun.
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