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W.B. Yeats (1865–1939).  Responsibilities and Other Poems.  1916.

17. The Player Queen

(Song from an Unfinished Play)

MY mother dandled me and sang, 
‘How young it is, how young!’ 
And made a golden cradle 
That on a willow swung. 
‘He went away,’ my mother sang,         5
‘When I was brought to bed,’ 
And all the while her needle pulled 
The gold and silver thread. 
She pulled the thread and bit the thread 
And made a golden gown,  10
And wept because she had dreamt that I 
Was born to wear a crown. 
‘When she was got,’ my mother sang, 
‘I heard a sea-mew cry, 
And saw a flake of the yellow foam  15
That dropped upon my thigh.’ 
How therefore could she help but braid 
The gold into my hair, 
And dream that I should carry 
The golden top of care?  20



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