Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven W. B. Yeats

Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

W. B. Yeats

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.


3 thoughts on “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven W. B. Yeats”

  1. This is one of my favourite Yeat’s poems (although I think the title is ‘He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’). Such attention to colour and light! I’ve been enjoying exploring your blog, Kay. Such a wealth of creativity. You’re an inspiration!


    1. Thanks for your encouraging comments. I get a poem a day from delivered in my e-mail box. Here is the link to this poem. I don’t know why the title would be just a little different, maybe a tech glitch? And here is the link to, a very useful site to find poetry and read up on current poetry happenings. You can sign up for a poem a day on this site if you like.This poem is the feature on the site today. Both postings use Aedh instead of He in the title.


  2. A poem a day? How lovely. Will definitely treat myself. Thanks for the tip. Imagine Yeat’s poem probably appeared under the Aedh title in an early collection and was changed for his collected works. We know it here in Ireland as ‘He Wishes…’ It’s a great favourite, often studied at school and recited at gatherings. Thanks for reminding me of it. Lovely, delicate piece.


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