Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Wild Swans at Cole - W.B. Yeats

The Wild Swans at Coole

 The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky;
Upon the brimming water among the stones
Are nine-and-fifty swans.

The nineteenth Autumn has come upon me
Since I first made my count;
I saw, before I had well finished,
All suddenly mount
And scatter wheeling in great broken rings
Upon their clamorous wings.

I have looked upon those brilliant creatures,
And now my heart is sore.
All’s changed since I, hearing at twilight,
The first time on this shore,
The bell-beat of their wings above my head,
Trod with a lighter tread.

Unwearied still, lover by lover,
They paddle in the cold,
Companionable streams or climb the air;
Their hearts have not grown old;
Passion or conquest, wander where they will,
Attend upon them still.

But now they drift on the still water
Mysterious, beautiful;
Among what rushes will they build,
By what lake’s edge or pool
Delight men’s eyes, when I awake some day
To find they have flown away?

W.B.Yeats 1865-1939



Teresa Evangeline said...

This is beautiful. I love Yeats. What a lovely choice for this time of year; the weather mood of this day fits it perfectly. Thank you!

Thyra said...

Hello Teresa, it was just a coincidence, I was looking and then there was this poem which fitted for October and my own mood. I like Yeats. He's Irish!

Grethe ´)