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Two By W.B. Yeats

Crazy Jane on God

That lover of a night
Came when he would,
Went in the dawning light
Whether I would or no;
Men come, men go:
All things remain in God.

Banners choke the sky;
Men-at-arms tread;
Armoured horses neigh
In the narrow pass:
All things remain in God.

Before their eyes a house
That from childhood stood
Uninhabited, ruinous,
Suddenly lit up
From door to top:
All things remain in God.

I had wild Jack for a lover;
Though like a road men pass over
My body makes no moan
But sings on:
All things remain in God.

A Woman Young and Old

If I make the lashes dark
And the eyes more bright
And the lips more scarlet,
Or ask if all be right
From mirror after mirror,
No vanity’s displayed:
I’m looking for the face I had
Before the world was made.

What if I look upon a man
As though upon my beloved,
And my blood be cold the while
And my heart unmoved?
Why should he think me cruel
Or that he is betrayed?
I’d have him love the thing that was
Before the world was made.

Comments

  1. I used to think I was the perfect procrastinator, but I am a simpleton compared to you.

    I bow to your genius. You leave me in the dust.

    Last year I was going to give procrastination up for Lent, but then I thought maybe I should wait until this year, this year I thought maybe next year would be a better idea. You would probably skip right to 2012.

  2. Rufus McCain says

    The key is to make your procrastination productive. Trick yourself into writing that novel by doing it while procrastinating some other, ultimately less important task such as preparing a lecture for tomorrow’s class.

    Name for a blog: Procrastination Station.

  3. Rufus McCain says

    Thanks for the Yeats, by the way. Good stuff.

    Here’s another good one: “The Hour Before Dawn.”

  4. Henri Young says

    Great stuff. Yeats is my favorite modern poet and is very popular with the young people as well.

  5. Quin Finnegan says

    Yeah, I’m finding that out.

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