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When You Are Old – A Poem By William Butler Yeats

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This week’s poem is number #7 on my list of top Irish poems. It is a fantastic short one by the great William Butler Yeats. It also makes an appearance on my top Irish love poems list. Enjoy:

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 beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

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Jan Monaghan

Sunday 17th of January 2021

So beautiful! Yeats’ words have such a soft sadness about them.

Lawrence Thompson

Friday 8th of January 2021

Loved it.


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Kathleen Gatta

Friday 1st of January 2021

Loved all the Facts about Ireland and also the Poem "When you are old" by William Butler Yeats.