11/10/2008

Poem: Never Give All The Heart

Written by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats, I first heard this poem when it was recited by Andrea Corr (of the Irish band the Corrs). The words plus Andrea's melodious Irish accent was a joy to listen to & it's one of my favorite poems.
Never Give All The Heart


Never give all the heart, for love
Will hardly seem worth thinking of
To passionate women if it seem
Certain, and they never dream
That it fades out from kiss to kiss;
For everything that's lovely is
But a brief, dreamy, kind delight.
O never give the heart outright,
For they, for all smooth lips can say,
Have given their hearts up for the play,
And who could play it well enough
If deaf and dumb and blind by love?
He that made this knows all the cost,
For he gave all his heart and lost.

WB Yeats
A simple poem that speaks of guarding your heart against fickle lovers. The words speak for themselves.

I have the mp3 of Andrea's recital, if you're interested, let me know & I would be happy to email it to you :)

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