by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

A speckled cat and a tame hare
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
A speckled cat and a tame hare
Eat at my hearthstone
And sleep there;
And both look up to me alone
For learning and defence
As I look up to Providence.

I start out of my sleep to think
Some day I may forget
Their food [and] drink;
Or, the house door left unshut,
The hare may run till it's found
The horn's sweet note and the tooth of the hound.

I bear a burden that might well try
Men that do all by rule,
And what can I
That am a wandering-witted fool
But pray to God that He ease
My great responsibilities?

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, Later Poems, Macmillan and Co., London, 1926, page 313.

Grill: "or"

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


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This text was added to the website: 2011-12-28
Line count: 18
Word count: 104