Periodic Poetry: Yeats, “A Deep-Sworn Vow”

‎”A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.”

Happy birthday, William Butler Yeats, June 13, 1865-January 28, 1939.

William Butler Yeates by John Singer Sargeant (1908). Pencil on paper. (Private collection.)

A Deep-Sworn Vow

from The Wild Swans at Coole, and other poems (NY: 1919)

by W.B. Yeats

OTHERS because you did not keep
That deep-sworn vow have been friends of mine;
Yet always when I look death in the face,
When I clamber to the heights of sleep,
Or when I grow excited with wine,
Suddenly I meet your face.

The National Library of Ireland has an impressive online exhibit of “The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats.”

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