by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

O, curlew, cry no more in the air
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE ITA
O, curlew, cry no more in the air, 
Or only to the waters in the West; 
Because your crying brings to my mind 
Passion-dimmed eyes and long heavy hair 
That was shaken out over my breast: 
There is enough evil in the crying of wind.

About the headline (FAQ)

First published in Savoy, November 1896, as one of Windlestraws, revised 1899 and 1906

Authorship:

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "O chiurlo, più non gridare all'aria", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: David K. Smythe

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 45