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SOng of the Wandering Aengus

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I Rogue Planet, Archer mentioned the poem, "Song of the Wandering Aengus" that his mother read to him when he was a child. I remembered reading it many years ago (most likely in a Lit class), but could only remember snatches of it. I finally took the time to find it.


I didn't know if anyone would be interested, but I thought I'd post this anyway. It might be of some use to those members that are still in school.



W. B. Yeats


I went out to the hazel wood,

Because a fire was in my head,

And cut and peeled a hazel wand,

And hooked a berry to a thread;

And when white moths were on the wing,

And moth-like stars were flickering out,

I dropped the berry in a stream

And caught a little silver trout.


When I had laid it on the floor

I went to blow the fire a-flame,

But something rustled on the floor,

And someone called me by my name:

It had become a glimmering girl

With apple blossom in her hair

Who called me by my name and ran

And faded through the brightening air.


Though I am old with wandering

Through hollow lands and hilly lands,

I will find out where she has gone,

And kiss her lips and take her hands;

And walk among long dappled grass,

And pluck till time and times are done

The silver apples of the moon,

The golden apples of the sun.


Here's where you can find it online, as well as an brief explanation:

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