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Yeats [by George Charles Beresford, 1911]
The Ragged Wood
by William Butler Yeats
from In the Seven Woods (1904)


O hurry where by water among the trees
The delicate-stepping stag and his lady sigh,
When they have but looked upon their images — 
Would none had ever loved but you and I!

Or have you heard that sliding silver-shoed
Pale silver-proud queen-woman of the sky,
When the sun looked out of his golden hood? — 
O that none ever loved but you and I!

O hurty to the ragged wood, for there
I will drive all those lovers out and cry — 
O my share of the world, O yellow hair!
No one has ever loved but you and I.

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