The Lover Tells of the Rose in His Heart
Yeats, William Butler. W. B. Yeats: Selected Poetry: 24-25. Ed. by A. Norman Jeffares. London: Macmillan, 1968.
1All things uncomely and broken, all things worn out and old,
2The cry of a child by the roadway, the creak of a lumbering cart,
3The heavy steps of the ploughman, splashing the wintry mould,
4Are wronging your image that blossoms a rose in the deeps of my heart.
5The wrong of unshapely things is a wrong too great to be told;
6I hunger to build them anew and sit on a green knoll apart,
7With the earth and the sky and the water, re-made, like a casket of gold
8For my dreams of your image that blossoms a rose in the deeps of my heart.
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