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by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
I have drunk ale from the Country of the...
I have drunk ale from the Country of the Young And weep because I know all things now: I have been a hazel tree and they hung The Pilot Star and the Crooked Plough Among my leaves in times out of mind: I became a rush that horses tread: I became a man, a hater of the wind, Knowing one, out of all things, alone, that his head [Would]1 not lie on the breast or his lips on the hair Of the woman that he loves, until he dies; [Although the rushes and the fowl of the air Cry of his love with their pitiful cries.]2
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1 Liebermann: "May"
2 Liebermann: "O beast of the wilderness, bird of the air,/ Must I endure your amorous cries?"
- by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), "Mongan thinks of his past Greatness", appears in The Wind among the reeds, first published 1899 [author's text checked 1 time 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 Lowell Liebermann (b. 1961), "He Thinks Of His Past Greatness When A Part Of The Constellations Of Heaven", op. 40 no. 4 (1993) [ tenor, flute, string quartet, and piano ], from A Poet to His Beloved, no. 4 [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website: 2012-05-23
Line count: 12
Word count: 106