Page Back

Poems Index

A Prayer for my Son a poem
by William Butler Yeats


Bid a strong ghost stand at the head
That my Michael may sleep sound,
Nor cry, nor turn in the bed
Till his morning meal come round;
And may departing twilight keep
All dread afar till morning's back.
That his mother may not lack
Her fill of sleep.

Bid the ghost have sword in fist:
Some there are, for I avow
Such devilish things exist,
Who have planned his murder, for they know
Of some most haughty deed or thought
That waits upon his future days,
And would through hatred of the bays
Bring that to nought.

Though You can fashion everything
From nothing every day, and teach
The morning stars to sing,
You have lacked articulate speech
To tell Your simplest want, and known,
Wailing upon a woman's knee,
All of that worst ignominy
Of flesh and bone;

And when through all the town there ran
The servants of Your enemy,
A woman and a man,
Unless the Holy Writings lie,
Hurried through the smooth and rough
And through the fertile and waste,
protecting, till the danger past,
With human love.

 

 
A Prayer for my Son poem
William Butler Yeats
 

A poem can paint a thousand images in your mind's eye. If you enjoyed this poem and appreciated the lyrics of A Prayer for my Son by William Butler Yeats you will find even more poem lyrics by this famous author, together with their biography and picture, by simply clicking on the Poem Index link below ! 

2016 Siteseen Ltd
Cookie Policy By Linda Alchin Privacy Statement