by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Men improve with the years
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
I am worn out with dreams;
A weather-worn, marble triton
Among the streams;
And all day long I look
Upon this lady's beauty
As though I had found in book
A pictured beauty,
Pleased to have filled the eyes
Or the discerning ears,
Delighted to be but wise,
For men improve with the years;
And yet and yet
Is this my dream, or the truth?
O would that we had met
When I had my burning youth;
But I grow old among dreams,
A weather-worn, marble triton
Among the streams.

Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, Later Poems, Macmillan and Co., London, 1926, page 246.

First published in Little Review, June 1917

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Les hommes s'améliorent avec l'âge", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2009-01-20
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Word count: 90