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Poem Title:  The Lover Asks Forgiveness Because Of His Many Moods

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: 
If this importunate heart trouble your peace
with words lighter than air,
or hopes that in mere hoping flicker and cease;
crumple the rose in your hair;
and cover your lips with odorous twilight and say,
"o hearts of wind-blown flame!
o winds, older than changing of night and day,
that murmuring and longing came
from marble cities loud with tabors of old
in dove-grey faery lands;
from battle-banners, fold upon purple fold,
queens wrought with glimmering hands;
that saw young Niamh hover with love-lorn face
above the wandering tide;
and lingered in the hidden desolate place
where the last phoenix died,
and wrapped the flames above his holy head;
and still murmur and long:
o piteous hearts, changing till change be dead
in a tumultuous song':
and cover the pale blossoms of your breast
with your dim heavy hair,
and trouble with a sigh for all things longing for rest
the odorous twilight there.


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