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Shepherd and Goatherd

Author: William Butler Yeats

File Description

Electronic edition compiled and proof-read by Beatrix Färber

Funded by School of History, University College, Cork

1. First draft.

Extent of text: 1722 words

Publication

CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts: a project of University College, Cork
College Road, Cork, Ireland—http://www.ucc.ie/celt

(2014)

Distributed by CELT online at University College, Cork, Ireland.
Text ID Number: E910001-059

Availability [RESTRICTED]

The works by W. B. Yeats are in the public domain. This electronic text is available with prior consent of the CELT programme for purposes of private or academic research and teaching.

Notes

This poem was finished on 19 March 1918 and first published in The Wild Swans at Coole with the title The Sad Shepherd. The title was changed in Collected Poems (A. Norman Jeffares, p. 172).

Sources

    Literature (a small selection)
  1. Jeremiah Curtin, Myths and Folk-lore in Ireland (Boston 1890).
  2. W. B. Yeats, The Rose (1893).
  3. W. B. Yeats, Poems (London 1895).
  4. Edmund Spenser, Astrophel, (first published 1595), reprinted in: The Complete Poetical Worksof Edmund Spenser (Cambridge 1908).
  5. W. B. Yeats, The Autobiography of William Butler Yeats, consisting of Reveries over childhood and youth, The trembling of the veil, and Dramatis personae (New York 1938).
  6. Richard Ellmann, Yeats: The Man and the Masks. Corrected edition with a new preface (Oxford 1979). [First published New York 1948; reprinted London 1961.]
  7. Peter Allt and Russell K. Alspach, The Variorum Edition of the Poems of W.B. Yeats (New York: Macmillan 1957).
  8. W. B. Yeats, Essays and Introductions (New York: Macmillan 1961).
  9. W. B. Yeats, Explorations: selected by Mrs W. B. Yeats (London/New York: Macmillan 1962).
  10. Richard Ellmann, The Identity of Yeats (New York 1964).
  11. A. Norman Jeffares, A New Commentary on the Poems of W.B. Yeats (Stanford 1984).
  12. Helen Vendler, Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and Lyric Form (Oxford/New York 2007).
  13. A general bibliography is available online at the official web site of the Nobel Prize. See: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1923/yeats-bibl.html
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. William Butler Yeats Shepherd and Goatherd in , Ed. Richard J. Finneran The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Macmillan Press, London, (1991) pages 142–145

Encoding

Project Description

CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts

Sampling Declaration

The whole poem.

Editorial Declaration

Correction

The text has been proof-read twice.

Normalization

The electronic text represents the edited text.

Hyphenation

The editorial practice of the hard-copy editor has been retained.

Segmentation

div0= the individual poem, stanzas are marked lg.

Interpretation

Names of persons (given names), and places are not tagged. Terms for cultural and social roles are not tagged.

Profile Description

Created: (March 1918)

Use of language

Language: [EN] The poem is in English.

Revision History


Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition: E910001-059

Shepherd and Goatherd: Author: William Butler Yeats


p.142

  1. ShepherdThat cry's from the first cuckoo of the year.
    I wished before it ceased.

Goatherd
Nor bird nor beast
Could make me wish for anything this day,
Being old, but that the old alone might die,
And that would be against God's providence.
Let the young wish. But what has brought you here?
Never until this moment have we met
Where my goats browse on the scarce grass or leap
From stone to Stone.