by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Translation © by Tamás Rédey

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE HUN
Had I the [heavens']1 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,

I 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.

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Original title is "Aedh wishes for the cloths of heaven"; revised 1906; re-titled "He wishes for the cloths of heaven".

Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, Later Poems, Macmillan and Co., London, 1926, page 45.

1 Gurney: "Heaven's"


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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bertram Kottmann , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission ; composed by Gary Bachlund.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 60

Kéne három hímes égi kendő
Language: Hungarian (Magyar)  after the English 
Kéne három hímes égi kendő,
Melyet átsző arany és ezüst fény.
Kék s fakó és mélysötét a kendő,
Mit az éj hord meg a fény s a fél-fény;

Szórnám e kendőket lábad alá.
De nincsenek, csórón, csak álmaim;
Szórtam az álmaim lábad alá:
Tiporj puhán, hisz' tiprod álmaim.

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Translation of title "He wishes for the cloths of Heaven" = "Ő az ég kendőit kívánja"


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This text was added to the website: 2015-03-20
Line count: 8
Word count: 48