Yeats, W B - The Wanderings of Oisin - Under the golden evening light
Type of Spiritual Experience
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W B Yeats – Collected Poems
From The Wanderings of Oisin
Under the golden evening light
The Immortals moved among the fountains
By rivers and the woods’ old night
Some danced like shadows on the mountains
Some wandered ever hand in hand
Or sat in dreams on the pale strand
Each forehead like an obscure star
Bent down above each hooked knee
And sang, and with a dreamy gaze
Watched where the sun in a saffron blaze
Was slumbering half in the sea-ways
And as they sang, the painted birds
Kept time with their bright wings and feet.
Like drops of honey came their words
But fainter than a young lamb’s bleat ………..
‘But we are apart in the grassy places
Where care cannot trouble the least of our days
Or the softness of youth be gone from our faces
Or love’s first tenderness die in our gaze.