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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
 
IV. Inland Waters: Highlands
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)
 
I WILL arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
 
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,        5
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There ’s midnight all a-glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.
 
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;        10
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.
 
 
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