Treasure Island

William Butler Yeats

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

He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven


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.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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  • * 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

  • Ed Nigma (1/11/2014 11:10:00 PM)

    Sincere, full and rich. I love imagery. But I also love the warning he gives.

    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

    Sort of like I have placed my heart in your hands be careful if something
    should happen to it I'm not sure what I could become. That's my take anyways [3 Yeats! ! (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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