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Today, the day before St. Patrick's Day, a beautiful poem from William Butler Yeats, an Irish poet:

The Song of Wandering Aengus

I went out to the hazel wood
Because 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 a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone 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.




Those last two lines in particular are to me almost magical in their music.





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lkmadigan
Mar. 16th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
*swoon*

One of my favorites.
kellyrfineman
Mar. 16th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
I always forget about it, too. And even when I start reading it, I'm not prepared for the glorious ending. And then I get there, and find myself all a-tingle, and remembering how very much I've always loved it.
lizjonesbooks
Mar. 16th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
Great choice!!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 16th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
scholars_blog
Mar. 16th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
It's interesting to see how three of us went for W B Yeats poems this week !

Michele
http://scholar-blog.blogspot.com/
kellyrfineman
Mar. 16th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Love the icon, Michele. I think Billy Boyd is hot. Also love your choice of poems!
scholars_blog
Mar. 17th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
Billy Boyd ?
Er, that's David Tennant !!!!!!!

Glad that you liked the poems though !

Michele
http://scholar-blog.blogspot.com/
kellyrfineman
Mar. 17th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Billy Boyd ?
So it is. I am a goofball, apparently!
scholars_blog
Mar. 17th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Billy Boyd ?
Aw, never mind - I'll forgive you !

Michele
http://scholar-blog.blogspot.com/
idaho_laurie
Mar. 18th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
I memorized this when I was in high school and used to say it to myself as I was falling asleep at night.... I'd almost forgotten. Thanks.
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