Poem: The Stolen Child

One of my favorite poems, “The Stolen Child” by William Butler Yeats, was first published in 1886…

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.

You can read the entire poem at the Literature Network here.  The poem was also made into a song by Loreena McKennitt on her CD, Elemental.

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  1. […] first novel, “The Stolen Child,” is based on the poem of the same name by Yeats (see previous post).  Newsweek recently reviewed the book, and here’s what they had to say: “It’s the […]


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