William Butler Yeats

Joy is wisdom

Joy is wisdom, time an endless song.

~ William Butler Yeats

We can make our minds so like still water

We can make our minds
so like still water
that beings gather about us
that they may see,
it may be, their own images,
and live for a moment with a clearer,
perhaps even with a fiercer life
because of our quiet,
our silence.

~ William Butler Yeats, thanks to Robert Purcell

When such as I cast out remorse

I am content to follow to its source
Every event in action or in thought;
Measure the lot; forgive myself the lot.
When such as I cast out remorse
So great a sweetness flows into the breast.
We must laugh and we must sing,
We are blest by everything,
Everything we look upon is blest.

~ from "A Dialogue of Self and Soul" by William Yeats

My body of a sudden blazed

While on the shop and street I gazed
My body of a sudden blazed
And twenty minutes more or less
It seemed, so great my happiness
That I was blessed, and could bless.

~ by William Butler Yeats
The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats
By William Butler Yeats
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