A beautiful Yeats poem


36. Aedh wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

—-William Butler Yeats—-

Yeats, William Butler. “Aedh Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven”. The Wind Among the Reeds. New York: J. Lane, The Bodley Head, 1899; Bartleby.com, 1999. www.bartleby.com/146.

One Response

  1. I love this poem!!! I recall the moment that Sean Bean is reading it and quotes it, before getting killed (in that amazing movie, a rare and exceptional blend of Huxley’s A Brave New World, Orwell’s 1984 and the Matrix – all in one, “Equilibrium”…)

    I’m not crazy about Yeats but Aedh… wow… you gotta love this poem…! Thanks for posting it.

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