Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | March 16, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Brown Penny

by William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939).

 

Brown Penny

 

I whispered, ‘I am too young,’

And then, ‘I am old enough’;

Wherefore I threw a penny

To find out if I might love.

‘Go and love, go and love, young man,                 5

If the lady be young and fair.’

Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,

I am looped in the loops of her hair.

O love is the crooked thing,

There is nobody wise enough                                10

To find out all that is in it,

For he would be thinking of love

Till the stars had run away

And the shadows eaten the moon.

Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,            15

One cannot begin it too soon.

 

Notes:

http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1923/yeats-bio.html

http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/wbyeats.htm

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