When You Are Old – Poem by William Butler Yeats

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 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.

 

 One of my all time favorites!!!

8 thoughts on “When You Are Old – Poem by William Butler Yeats

  1. My favorite – I love Yeats. There is a recording of him reading one of his poems, I can’t remember the link and it would likely get me sent to spam anyway… but if you google ‘Yeats reading’ it should come up. gives you the goosebumps!

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