THE OLD MEN ADMIRING THEMSELVES IN THE WATER
by: William Butler Yeats
- HEARD the old, old men say,
- 'Everything alters,
- And one by one we drop away.'
- They had hands like claws, and their knees
- Were twisted like the old thorn-trees
- By the waters.
- 'All that's beautiful drifts away
- Like the waters.'
POEMS BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
"The Old Men Admiring Themselves
in the Water" is reprinted from In the Seven Woods.
W.B. Yeats. New York: Macmillan, 1903.