He wishes for the cloths of Heaven

Thought I’d share my favourite poem with you, as the lovely weather has put me in a poetic sort of mood.

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Written by William Butler Yeats (1865–1939).
First published in The Wind Among the Reeds (1899).

2 thoughts on “He wishes for the cloths of Heaven

  1. Jose (@jorence) June 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    A lovely and beautifully realised poem, and very much one of my favourites. Thanks for reminding me of that fact, especially as I haven’t read it in a while.

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