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Poem Title:  Fergus And The Druid

Poem Category:  General Poems

Poet:  William Butler Yeats

Poet Biography: 
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was a poet whose influences include The Occult, symbolism and Irish political independance



Poem: 
Fergus . This whole day have I followed in the rocks,
And you have changed and flowed from shape to
shape,
First as a raven on whose ancient wings
Scarcely a feather lingered, then you seemed
A weasel moving on from stone to stone,
And now at last you wear a human shape,
A thin grey man half lost in gathering night.
Druid . What would you, king of the proud Red Branch
kings?
Fergus . This would I Say, most wise of living souls:
Young subtle Conchubar sat close by me
When I gave judgment, and his words were wise,
And what to me was burden without end,
To him seemed easy, So I laid the crown
Upon his head to cast away my sorrow.
Druid . What would you, king of the proud Red Branch
kings?
Fergus . A king and proud! and that is my despair.
I feast amid my people on the hill,
And pace the woods, and drive my chariot-wheels
In the white border of the murmuring sea;
And still I feel the crown upon my head
Druid. What would you, Fergus?
Fergus . Be no more a king
But learn the dreaming wisdom that is yours.
Druid . Look on my thin grey hair and hollow cheeks
And on these hands that may not lift the sword,
This body trembling like a wind-blown reed.
No woman's loved me, no man sought my help.
Fergus . A king is but a foolish labourer
Who wastes his blood to be another's dream.
Druid . Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams;
Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round.
Fergus . I See my life go drifting like a river
From change to change; I have been many things


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