When You Are Old by W​.​B. Yeats

by Helena Byrne

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'When You Are Old', written by beloved Irish poet & playwright, William Butler Yeats, from Storyteller & Singer Helena Byrne's album ‘Scéal – a Collection of Irish Stories, Music & Poetry’.


When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.


released April 26, 2019
Vocals by Helena Byrne. Produced by Helena Byrne.
Recorded at Quiet Cailín Studios


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