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.

6 comments:

  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

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  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

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

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  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.

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  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!

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

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