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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree

William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)
I WILL 1 arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
  And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,        5
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight ’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
  And evening full of the linnet’s wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake-water lapping with low sounds by the shore;        10
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
  I hear it in the deep heart’s core.
Note 1. W. B. Yeats. The Lake isle of Innisfree, from ‘Poems’. Fisher Unwin. 1895. I owe special thanks to my friend Mr. Yeats for his sympathy in this book, and for allowing me to use his beautiful poems so freely. [back]

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