by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

I slept on my three‑leged stool by the...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
I slept on my three-leged stool by the fire,
The speckled cat slept on my knee;
We never thought to enquire
Where the brown hare might be,
And whether the door were shut.
Who knows how she drank the wind
Stretched up on two legs from the mat,
Before she had settled her mind
To drum with her heel and to leap:
Had I but awakened from sleep
And called her name, she had heard,
It may be, and not have stirred,
That now, it may be, has found
The horn's sweet note and the tooth of the hound.

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Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, Later Poems, Macmillan and Co., London, 1926, page 314.


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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
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Word count: 99