Mudcat Café message #169105 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #17482   Message #169105
Posted By: Amos
27-Jan-00 - 09:35 AM
Thread Name: Act of Kindness Update
Subject: Lyr Add: PRAYER FOR MY DAUGHTER (W. B. Yeats)

For Hanna

I have walked and prayed for this young child an hour
And heard the sea-wind scream upon the tower,
And under the arches of the bridge, and scream
In the elms above the flooded stream;
Imagining in excited reverie
That the future years had come,
Dancing to a frenzied drum,
Out of the murderous innocence of the sea.

May she be granted beauty and yet not
Beauty to make a stranger's eye distraught,
Or hers before a looking-glass, for such,
Being made beautiful overmuch,
Consider beauty a sufficient end,
Lose natural kindness and maybe
The heart-revealing intimacy
That chooses right, and never find a friend.

W.B. Yeats, "Prayer for My Daughter"