When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats

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William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939)  was an Irish poet and playwright, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature as the first Irishman so honoured .Yeats wrote the introduction for Rabindranath Tagore‘s Gitanjali, which was published by the India Society.

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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About the alchemist

Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn't make any sense. ~Rumi
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4 Responses to When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats

  1. mihrank says:

    Great, informative!!

  2. Thank you for the post. What a great poem.

  3. socialbridge says:

    Ah, the poem I’ve designated as the greatest love poem of them all!

  4. Truly a great poem. Thank you for reminding us.

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