Wednesday, September 24

The Stolen Child - William Butler Yeats

WHERE dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water rats;
There we've hid our faery vats,
Full of berrys
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim gray sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,
Weaving olden dances
Mingling hands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight;
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And anxious in its sleep.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scare could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Away with us he's going,
The solemn-eyed:
He'll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast,
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal chest.
For he comes, the human child,
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than he can understand.


Written in hand lettered Copperplate calligraphy using "McCaffery's penman's ink" in black. The edges were hand stained with dark green chalk, the paper is Strathmore.

5 comments:

Irene said...

This is soooo beautiful, Danae! Now I know for sure if you would have entered this year's "Graceful Envelope Contest" you would have won First Prize!

You are so talented!

I have bookmarked this page and will return often! :-)

Irene

PS: Do you have an RSS feed on your site so that I can subscribe automatically to your blog?

Danae said...

Thanks Irene!!

Miss B. said...

Yes, you are such an incredible, incredible talent!!!

Heather said...

A little late to the comment party, but this beautiful work is now in Tel Aviv, Israel! I haven't found a good framer, but it is my next project for January. I must get my map ideas to you before you get super busy with weddings...

Danae said...

Awesome!! Yes do contact me soon - you know I loved your map ideas! Happy holidays!

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