I made my song a coat Covered with embroideries Out of old mythologies From heel to throat; But the fools caught it, Wore it in the world's eyes As though they'd wrought it. Song, let them take it For there's more enterprise In walking naked.
About the headline (FAQ)First published in Poetry, Chicago, May 1914
Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, Later Poems, Macmillan and Co., London, 1926, page 233.
- by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), "A coat", appears in Responsibilities and Other Poems [author's text checked 2 times against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Ruth Schonthal (1924 - 2006), "I made my song a coat", 1949 [ mezzo-soprano and piano ], from Nine Lyric Dramatic Songs, no. 6, Furore Edition [sung text not yet checked]
- by James Walter Wilson (b. 1922), "The coat", op. 54 no. ? [ soprano, unaccompanied ], from Upon Silence [sung text not yet checked]
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