George William Russell

[A. E.] (10 April 1867 – 17 July 1935 / Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland)

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George William Russell who wrote with the pseudonym Æ (sometimes written AE or A.E.), was an Irish nationalist, writer, editor, critic, poet, and artistic painter. He was also a mystical writer, and a the personage of a group of devotees of theosophy in Dublin for many years.


Russell was born in Lurgan, County Armagh. His family relocated to Dublin when he was eleven years old. He was educated at Rathmines School and the Metropolitan School of Art, where he began a lifelong friendship with William Butler Yeats. He started working as a draper’s clerk, then worked many years for the Irish ... more »

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  • ''Any relations in a social order will endure, if there is infused into them some of that spirit of human sympathy which qualifies life for immortality.''
    George William Russell [A.E.] (1867-1965), Irish writer. Open letter to the Masters of Dublin. Irish Times (Oct. 7, 1913). Often wrote under the n...
  • In ancient shadows and twilights
    Where childhood had strayed,
    The world's great sorrows were born
    And its heroes were made.
    In the lost boyhood of Judas
    Christ was b...
    George William Russell [A.E.] (1867-1935), Irish poet, painter, journalist. Germinal, Vale and Other Poems (1931).
  • Let thy young wanderer dream on:
    Call him not home.
    A door opens, a breath a voice
    From the ancient room,
    Speaks to him now. Be it dark or bright
    He is knit with his...
    George William Russell [A.E.](1867-1935), Irish poet, painter, economist. Germinal (l. 37-42). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. S...
  • We must pass like smoke or live within the spirit's fire;
    For we can no more than smoke unto the flame return
    If our thought has changed to dream, our will unto desire,
    As smoke w...
    George William Russell [A.E.] (1867-1935), Irish poet, painter, economist (pseud. Of George William Russell). Immortality (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Boo...
  • ''I saw how all the trembling ages past,
    Molded to her by deep and deeper breath,
    Neared to the hour when Beauty breathes her last
    And knows herself in death.''
    George William Russell [A.E.] (1867-1935), Irish poet, painter, economist (pseudonym of George William Russell). The Great Breath (l. 9-12). . . O...
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