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When You Are Old lyrics

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When You Are Old

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
 
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
 
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
 
(1893)
 
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Submitted by tsitpirctsitpirc on 2015-10-06
Last edited by IremiaIremia on 2021-04-21
Submitter's comments:

William Butler Yeats, 1865-1939

This poem is a paraphrase of the sonnet “Quand vous serez bien vieille” by Pierre de Ronsard from “Sonnets pour Hélène, 1578”
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/gilles-claude-th%C3%A9riault-quand-vous-s...

 

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Julia_ArkhitektorovaJulia_Arkhitektorova    Wed, 21/04/2021 - 13:44

[@Iremia] Ира, может, добавить комментарий к оригиналу, что это стихотворение Йейтса - парафраз сонета Пьера Ронсара из цикла Sonnets pour Hélène, 1587?

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