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.”

  1. Wondrous.

  1. July 23rd, 2013
  2. July 24th, 2013
  3. October 10th, 2017

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