Tuesday, March 16, 2010

In Honor of St. Patrick's Day...

Lake Isle of Innisfree
by William Butler Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.


  1. What a beautiful and intelligent start you have to your blog! I love this post and a happy St Patrick's Day to you too! Somehow, this poem has hit a deep and very familiar chord of feelings - a memory that goes back to kid-dom - I can't remember exactly, but it's a wonderful "atmosphere". It sounds like I'm twaddling on. I hope that you can just know what I mean. ahem.

    I love forget-me-nots - they're one of my favorite flowers and, I must just say, that I thought the picture of your cat on the books was a painting until I looked closer! I don't have time to look further today but I'll be back to visit!

    Thanks so much for stopping in the sunny spot today!

    Love, Katy

  2. Thank you, Katy, for your kind words. Your blog is wonderful, and how I love those sheep you posted yesterday - can hardly wait to hear their story! ♥ Cassandra

  3. Yeats always has such a beautiful way with words :) Thanks for sharing.

  4. Dear Cassandra, How marvellous to find a weblog quoting Yeats, certainly amongst my favourite poets and, of course, Irish - and from a country I greatly admire and should wish to know better.

    Having just discovered you I was most interested to see the range of subjects about which you write and have immediately signed up as a 'Follower'. It has all made a refreshing change from the world of 'Blotanical' where I am usually to be found.

    I shall much look forward to your future postings.

  5. Many thanks, Edith, for your kind words. I also love your St. Patrick's Day posting! Old postcards are a special love of mine and one of my many collections! Yes, I have very eclectic interests - and since I started my blog just a couple of weeks ago, it reflects just "the tip of the iceberg"!!! Welcome!

  6. Beautiful words from my favorite poet of all time - William Butler Yeats. Really enjoyed this blog... will be back! :)


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