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WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS.
Brown leaves are prest against the pavements
wet, O'er which, with cumbrous tread The coal man, with his load on shoulder set,
Goes to and from the shed.
Ah, doleful noises, mist and falling leaves,
I turn me from the pane: Her passing scepter sobbing Fall bereaves,
And Winter wails again.
Blaze thou! and warm my saddened heart, O fire,
Light up this shadowy room; With books, and friends, and logs piled high and
higher, Let old King Winter come.
SONNET-A KINDLY LOOK. A KINDLY look, a word of commendation,
A sympathetic pressure of the hand;
A smile to those who journey o'er the land Aweary of life's toil and degredation, While struggling on 'gainst trials and temptation, Give thou, O brother. For the Father planned That we should love all men. Heed His com
mand, And pour into these sad hearts consolation. Grim poverty thou sufferest not; ah! then
Have mercy on the poor, for deep their woe. Let gentle pity plead for fallen men,
For reclaimed sinners shall be white as snow. And may God's blessings rest upon thee, when
And where thy ministering footsteps go.
a suburb of Dublin, on the 13th of June, 1865. His birthplace, the residence of his father's uncle, was a quaint, castellated house, in a park full of beautiful forest trees, and containing within its limits a lake and an island. Here the future poet's childhood was spent in part, and it was an ideal home for a dreamy imaginative child. It was an intellectual centre in its day.
Mr. Yeats' father is an artist, who having been at the Bar for some years and with great distinction, gave up the profession, where he was safe to gain honor and wealth, for Art, in the following of which he has no doubt been happier, for he is a born artist. Springing from a very ancient and distinguished family he married the daughter of a race of English settlers in Ireland, -people who have brought with their English blood certain honorable qualities of seriousness, of determination, of mercantile probity and mercantile success, to add on to the Celtic qualities gained by intermarriage with the fascinating Irish. Of this marriage there are two daughters and a son, be.. sides the poet, who is the eldest born.
Mr. Yeats was at school in London and Dublin. He did not enter a university, and curiously enough, his first bias was for scientific pursuits,-it must have been for those things which appeal to the faculty of wonder. However, he,soon turned to poetry, pure and simple, and though his performance as an art student promised great things, he has rather neglected art for poetry. He dreamed away his later boyhood a good deal, which perhaps was wise, for he is of delicate physique. His first poetry published was in the Dublin University Review, and excited wide-spread interest. In the present year he has published a volume of poems, which has at once given him a position; it has been received as the work of a new poet promising great things by all the important London reviews. At present he is editing some of the Camelot Classics; his “Irish Fairy and Folk Lore" has appeared, and it is to my mind, the best edited of the whole series. He is engaged also on literary work for many magazines and newspapers. His is a subtle genius, rejoicing in the strange and the exotic, but withal, having such a virile quality behind it, such a faculty of delight in the deeds of heroes, that he will be saved from the pitfalls of those who seek the marvellous. In looks Mr. Yeats is as picturesque as one could desire,-hair, beard, and beautiful eyes of a southern darkness, with a face of a fine oval, and a clear, dusky color. Nature has written the poet upon his face. And his poetry is enhanced in beauty if read to you by his own voice, which has a thousand qualities of richness, of softness, and of flexibility. K. T.
No door so thick, no bolt so strong,
But that Death enters in at last. Then watch with care; repent thy sin, Lest unaware he enters in
When time for penitence is past.
When I'am a man-
My love hath many a ruthless mood,
Ill words for all things soft and fair; I hold him dearer than the good
My fingers feel his amber hair.
No tender wisdom floods the eyes
That watch me with their suppliant light; I hold him dearer than the wise,
And for him make me wise and bright.
“ A storm of birds in the Asian trees
Like tulips in the air a-winging,
That raise their heads and wander singing,
touches Stroked the young winds as they rolled on the
plain, The osprey of sorrow goes after and clutches, And they cease with a sigh of Unjust! unjust!' And A weariness soon is my speed,' says the
mouse, And the kingfisher turns to a ball of dust,
And the roof falls in of his tunnelled house.
· But never the years in the isle's soft places
Will scatter in ruin the least of our days, Or the softness of youth be gone from our faces
Or love's first tenderness die in our gaze.
KANVA, THE INDIAN, ON GOD. I PASSED along the water's edge below the humid
trees, My spirit rocked in evening's hush, the rushes
round my knees, My spirit rocked in sleep and sighs; and saw the
moorfowl pace All dripping on a grassy slope, and saw them cease
to chase Each other round in circles; and I heard the eldest
speak:“Who holds the world between His bill and makes
us strong or weak Is an undying moorfowl, and He lives beyond the
sky, The rains are from His dripping wing, the moon
beams from His eye.” I passed a little further on and heard a lotus
talk:Who made the world and ruleth it, He hangeth
on a stalk,
Old grows the hare as she plays in the sun,
ness; Ere half the swift things that she dreamt on
were done, She limps along in an aged whiteness. And even the sun, the day's castle's warder,
That scares with his bustle the delicate night,
VII. The heart of noon folds silence and folds sleep, For noon and midnight from each other borrow, And Joy, in growing deeper and more deep, Walks in the vesture of her sister Sorrow.
AN OLD SONG RE-SUNG.
Dow'y by the salley gardens my love and I did
meet; She passed the salley gardens with little snow
white feet. She bid me take love easy as the leaves grow on
the tree; But I, being young and foolish, with her would
In a field by the river my love and I did stand, And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow
white hand. She bid me take life easy as the grass grows on
the weirs; But I was young and foolish, and now am full of
- The Wanderings of Oisin.
LIFE Placid as a homeward bee, Glad, simple-nay, he sought not mystery, Nor, gazing forth where life's sad sickles reap, Searched the unsearchable-why good men weep: Why those who do good often be not good, Why they who will the highest sometimes brood, Clogged in a marsh where the slow marsh clay'
clings, Abolished by a mire of little things, Untuned by their own striving.
- How Ferencz Renyi Kept Silent.
INTEMPERANCE. A grey professor passing cried,
How few the mind's intemperance rule! What shallow thoughts about deep things! The world grows old and plays the fool.”
QUATRAINS AND APHORISMS.
I. The child who chases lizards in the grass, The sage who deep in central nature delves, The preacher watching for the ill hour to passAll these are souls who fy from their dread selves.
II. Two spirit-things a man hath for his friends Sorrow, that gives for guerdon liberty, And joy, the touching of whose finger lends To lightest of all light things sanctity.