The Folly of Being Comforted

By William Butler Yeats
One that is ever kind said yesterday:
`Your well-belovéd’s hair has threads of grey,
And little shadows come about her eyes;
Time can but make it easier to be wise
Though now it seems impossible, and so
All that you need is patience.’
                            Heart cries, `No,
I have not a crumb of comfort, not a grain.
Time can but make her beauty over again:
Because of that great nobleness of hers
The fire that stirs about her, when she stirs,
Burns but more clearly. O she had not these ways
When all the wild summer was in her gaze.
.
O heart! O heart! If she’d but turn her head,
You’d know the folly of being comforted.
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