W. B. Yeats, the Tragic Phase: A Study of the Last Poems

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THE THREE BUSHES

(An incident from the 'Historia mei Temporis' of the Abbe Michel de Bourdeille)

Said lady once to lover,
'None can reply upon
A love that lacks its proper food;
And if your love were gone
How could you sing those songs of love?
I should be blamed, young man.'
O my dear, O my dear.

'Have no lit candles in your room,'
That lovely lady said,
'That I at midnight by the clock
May creep into your bed,
For if I saw myself creep in
I think I should drop dead.'
O my dear, O my dear.

'I love a man in secret,
Dear chambermaid,' said she
'I know that I must drop down dead
If he stop loving me,
Yet what could I but drop down dead
If I lost my chastity?'
O my dear, O my dear.

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  • Title Page 3
  • Acknowledgements 6
  • Foreword 7
  • Contents 11
  • Introduction 13
  • Group One 27
  • The Wild Old Wicked Man 29
  • An Acre of Grass 43
  • Group Two 55
  • The Statues 57
  • A Bronze Head 77
  • Group Three 89
  • The Gyres 91
  • The Man and the Echo 113
  • Group Four 121
  • The Three Bushes 123
  • The Lady's First Song 126
  • The Lady's Third Song 126
  • The Lover's Song 128
  • Conclusion 147
  • Index 149
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