Verse > W.B. Yeats > The Wild Swans at Coole

W.B. Yeats (1865–1939).  The Wild Swans at Coole.  1919.

4. Men improve with the Years

I AM worn out with dreams; 
A weather-worn, marble triton 
Among the streams; 
And all day long I look 
Upon this lady’s beauty         5
As though I had found in book 
A pictured beauty, 
Pleased to have filled the eyes 
Or the discerning ears, 
Delighted to be but wise,  10
For men improve with the years; 
And yet and yet 
Is this my dream, or the truth? 
O would that we had met 
When I had my burning youth;  15
But I grow old among dreams, 
A weather-worn, marble triton 
Among the streams. 



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