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W. B. Yeats (1865 – 1939)
THE SECRET ROSE

Far-off, most secret, and inviolate Rose,
Enfold me in my hour of hours; where those
Who sought thee in the Holy Sepulchre,
Or in the wine-vat, dwell beyond the stir
And tumult of defeated dreams; and deep
Among pale eyelids, heavy with the sleep
Men have named beauty. Thy great leaves enfold
The ancient beards, the helms of ruby and gold
Of the crowned Magi; and the king whose eyes
Saw the Pierced Hands and Rood of elder rise
In Druid vapour and make the torches dim;
Till vain frenzy woke and he died; and him
Who met Fand walking among flaming dew
By a grey shore where the wind never blew,
And lost the world and Emer for a kiss;
And him who drove the gods out of their liss,
And till a hundred morns had flowered red
Feasted, and wept the barrows of his dead;
And the proud dreaming king who flung the crown
And sorrow away, and calling bard and clown
Dwelt among wine-stained wanderers in deep woods;
And him who sold tillage, and house, and goods,
And sought through lands and islands numberless years,
Until he found, with laughter and with tears,
A woman of so shining loveliness
That men threshed corn at midnight by a tress,
A little stolen tress. I, too, await
The hour of thy great wind of love and hate.
When shall the stars be blown about the sky,
Like the sparks blown out of a smithy, and die?
Surely thine hour has come, thy great wind blows,
Far-off, most secret, and inviolate Rose?

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Comments

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 2 years ago

    beautiful!

  • thank you so much, charmienne! :o)

    – Benedikt Amrhein

  • Donna19
    Donna19about 2 years ago

    You have created just the perfect rose. Who doesn’t love Yeats? How beautifully you have complimented his work with an image so illusive beauty. Well done.

  • wow. great to hear that! thanks so very much, donna!

    – Benedikt Amrhein

  • George Coombs
    George Coombsabout 2 years ago

    Excellent work, very beautiful indeed, a nice restful quality

  • thank so much, george!! :o)

    – Benedikt Amrhein

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 2 years ago

  • thanks so much for that, francis!!

    – Benedikt Amrhein

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • thank you very much, tracy! very appreciated.. :o)

    – Benedikt Amrhein

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