William Butler Yeats

(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven - Poem by William Butler Yeats

HAD I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.


Comments about He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven by William Butler Yeats

  • Gold Star - 16,874 Points * Sunprincess * (6/9/2014 6:32:00 AM)

    ..........oh this is so wondrous...to love some one so much to include them in all of your dreams.....truly speaks of an amazing love..... (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Kay C Cheng (9/21/2009 5:43:00 AM)

    Beautiful, evocative, simple, sincere and vulnerable. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jake Hitchcock (3/3/2009 1:09:00 PM)

    How to change your life in 40 seconds! Sit and read this poem...Blithe was right on the poems' succinctness...whew! big word fer me...but perfect! I have been lookin fer this poem for 10 years now! Never used the puter to track it down until this morning! THANKS POEMHUNTER! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Blithe Spirit (1/10/2009 11:05:00 AM)

    The succinctness, rhythm and sentiment make this, in my view, one of the most perfect poems ever written (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Vivian Griffiths (8/22/2008 6:02:00 PM)

    only 8 lines yet it seems like an epic, i`m welsh and love poetry and this poem is fabulous. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tia Maria (7/1/2008 10:53:00 AM)

    In loving memory of my mother in law who shared this heavenly poem with us & has suddenly tiptoed out of our lives, too young too soon. She always did tread softly, a gracious lady until the end. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sara Neame (4/24/2008 7:16:00 AM)

    This is so beautiful. One that I set my self to learn by heart (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Janet Halliday (3/11/2007 9:52:00 AM)

    I first saw the last line of this poem on a tombstone for a stillborn baby. It moved me to tears. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bernadette Ruski (1/6/2007 7:35:00 AM)

    It really is a beautiful poem. My all time favourite actually. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Aidan O'Huaithne (11/14/2006 10:52:00 PM)

    Brilliant, if anything I would of liked a bit more, but what else is there? One of the best. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sylvie Launay (10/13/2006 5:59:00 PM)

    This poem is one of the most romantic ones I ever saw.
    Reading this is like a dream... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Author Snarkattack (12/17/2005 3:45:00 AM)

    Incidentally, this is the poem that Sean Bean's character is reciting in the film Equilibrium. Thank goodness I found this site. It was driving me insane not knowing what Yeats poem was being quoted. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Justas Bujokas (6/9/2005 8:14:00 AM)

    Little can be said actually... Maybe - simply the best? .. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001



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