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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
Aedh tells of the Rose in his heart

William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)
 
ALL 1 things uncomely and broken,
  all things worn out and old,
The cry of a child by the roadway,
  the creak of a lumbering cart,
The heavy steps of the ploughman,        5
  splashing the wintry mould,
Are wronging your image that blossoms
  a rose in the deeps of my heart.
 
The wrong of unshapely things
  is a wrong too great to be told;        10
I hunger to build them anew
  and sit on a green knoll apart,
With the earth and the sky and the water
  remade, like a casket of gold
For my dreams of your image that blossoms        15
  a rose in the deeps of my heart.
 
Note 1. Yeats. Aedh tells of the Rose in his heart. [As 123.] The long lines are here divided for convenience in the printing. [back]
 
 
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