When You Are Old

When You Are Old, 2016年6月
北軽井沢 作品 No.261

When You Are Old, June 2016
Kitakaruizawa No.261
Watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper

When You Are Old, juin 2016
Kitakaruizawa N°261
Aquarelle, gouache et crayon sur papier

When You Are Old

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.


“When You Are Old” was written by W. B. Yeats (1865-1939) in 1891.
It was first published in The Countess Kathleen and Various Legends
and Lyrics in 1892.

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