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

Index of First Lines

A doll in the doll-maker’s house
Ah, that Time could touch a form
All things can tempt me from this craft of verse
Although crowds gathered once if she but showed her face
A one-legged, one-armed, one-eyed man
As I came over Windy Gap

Being out of heart with government

Dance there upon the shore
Dear Craoibhin Aoibhin, look into our case

Fascination of what’s difficult, The

He said we might choose the subject for the lesson
Hope that you may understand!
How should the world be luckier if this house

If any man drew near
If you have revisited the town, thin Shade
I had this thought awhile ago
Indignant at the fumbling wits, the obscure spite
I made my song a coat
I swayed upon the gaudy stern
I whispered, ‘I am too young

King Eochaid came at sundown to a wood

Man that I praise, The
Moments passed as at a play, The
My mother dandled me and sang

Now all the truth is out
Now as at all times I can see in the mind’s eye
Now must I these three praise

O heart, be at peace, because
Once, when midnight smote the air

Pardon, old fathers, if you still remain
Poets with whom I learned my trade
Pour wine and dance if Manhood still have pride
Put off that mask of burning gold

She lived in storm and strife
Sickness brought me this
Some may have blamed you that you took away
Suddenly I saw the cold and rook-delighting Heaven

There where the course is
These are the clouds about the fallen sun
Though leaves are many, the root is one
Though to my feathers in the wet
Three old hermits took the air
Time to put off the world and go somewhere
Toil and grow rich

We have cried in our despair
What need you, being come to sense
What’s riches to him
Where, where but here have Pride and Truth
While I, from that reed-throated whisperer
Why should I blame her that she filled my days
Wine comes in at the mouth
Would it were anything but merely voice!

You gave but will not give again
You say, as I have often given tongue



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