The Travail Of Passion – Ep. 3


“The Travail Of Passion” was a poem by W.B. Yeats, published in 1899.  In it, Yeats mixes imagery of the Crucifixion with phrases that speak equally well to his immortal passion for Maud Gonne, whom he met ten years earlier.


The Travail Of Passion
When the flaming lute-thronged angelic door is wide;
When an immortal passion breathes in mortal clay;
Our hearts endure the scourge, the plaited thorns, the way
Crowded with bitter faces, the wounds in palm and side,
The hyssop-heavy sponge, the flowers by Kidron stream:
We will bend down and loosen our hair over you,
That it may drop faint perfume, and be heavy with dew,
Lilies of death-pale hope, roses of passionate dream.

-W.B. Yeats 1899

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