The Heart of the Spring, by William Butler Yeats

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W. B. Yeats is best known for his poems, but he also wrote some cracking good short fiction, particularly earlier on in his career. Tonight’s story take us to the hut of a wizard on the shores of Lough Gill, where one of Ireland’s last Wise Folk prepares to meet his destiny. In his final poem, “Under Ben Bulben”, Yeats had this to say:

Under bare Ben Bulben’s head
In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid.
An ancestor was rector there
Long years ago, a church stands near,
By the road an ancient cross.
No marble, no conventional phrase;
On limestone quarried near the spot
By his command these words are cut:

Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!

The Heart of the Spring, by William Butler Yeats {12:25}

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