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.
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.”