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The Song of the Wandering Aengus

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The Song of the Wandering Aengus was a poem by the Irish poet W.B. Yeats. It was written in 1891.

When Jonathan Archer could not get sleep during his childhood, his mother would often recite the poem to him. He did not learn that it was by Yeats until he was much older. (ENT episode: "Rogue Planet")


I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;

And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And some one called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

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