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The Unicorn From The Stars - Act 1 The Unicorn From The Stars - Act 1

The Unicorn From The Stars - Act 1
ACT ISCENE: _Interior of a coach builder's workshop. Parts of a gilded coach, among them an ornament representing the lion and the unicorn. THOMAS _working at a wheel. FATHER JOHN _coming from door of inner room. FATHER JOHN. I have prayed over Martin. I have prayed a long time, but there is no move in him yet. THOMAS. You are giving yourself too much trouble, Father. It's as good for you to leave him alone till the doctor's bottle will come. If there is any cure at all for what is on him, it is likely the doctor will have it.... Plays - Post by : smartgroup - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 1842

The Unicorn From The Stars - Characters The Unicorn From The Stars - Characters

The Unicorn From The Stars - Characters
FATHER JOHN THOMAS HEARNE a coach builder. ANDREW HEARNE his brother. MARTIN. HEARNE his nephew. JOHNNY BACACH } PAUDEEN } BIDDY LALLY } beggars. NANNY }... Plays - Post by : smartgroup - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 1520

The Celtic Twilight - INTO THE TWILIGHT The Celtic Twilight - INTO THE TWILIGHT

The Celtic Twilight - INTO THE TWILIGHT
INTO THE TWILIGHTOut-worn heart, in a time out-worn, Come clear of the nets of wrong and right; Laugh, heart, again in the gray twilight; Sigh, heart, again in the dew of the morn. Thy mother Eire is always young, Dew ever shining and twilight gray, Though hope fall from thee or love decay Burning in fires of a slanderous tongue. Come, heart hill is heaped upon hill, For there the mystical brotherhood Of hollow wood and the hilly wood And the changing moon work out their will. And God stands winding his lonely horn; And Time and World are ever... Long Stories - Post by : ikeos - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 2678

The Celtic Twilight - BY THE ROADSIDE The Celtic Twilight - BY THE ROADSIDE

The Celtic Twilight - BY THE ROADSIDE
BY THE ROADSIDELast night I went to a wide place on the Kiltartan road to listen to some Irish songs. While I waited for the singers an old man sang about that country beauty who died so many years ago, and spoke of a singer he had known who sang so beautifully that no horse would pass him, but must turn its head and cock its ears to listen. Presently a score of men and boys and girls, with shawls over their beads, gathered under the trees to listen. Somebody sang Sa Muirnin Diles, and then somebody else Jimmy Mo Milestor,... Long Stories - Post by : tophand - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 2572

The Celtic Twilight - DREAMS THAT HAVE NO MORAL The Celtic Twilight - DREAMS THAT HAVE NO MORAL

The Celtic Twilight - DREAMS THAT HAVE NO MORAL
DREAMS THAT HAVE NO MORALThe friend who heard about Maive and the hazel-stick went to the workhouse another day. She found the old people cold and wretched, "like flies in winter," she said; but they forgot the cold when they began to talk. A man had just left them who had played cards in a rath with the people of faery, who had played "very fair"; and one old man had seen an enchanted black pig one night, and there were two old people my friend had heard quarrelling as to whether Raftery or Callanan was the better poet. One had... Long Stories - Post by : rsmllc - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 1855

The Celtic Twilight - THE FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE OF FAERY The Celtic Twilight - THE FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE OF FAERY

The Celtic Twilight - THE FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE OF FAERY
THE FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE OF FAERYThose that see the people of faery most often, and so have the most of their wisdom, are often very poor, but often, too, they are thought to have a strength beyond that of man, as though one came, when one has passed the threshold of trance, to those sweet waters where Maeldun saw the dishevelled eagles bathe and become young again.There was an old Martin Roland, who lived near a bog a little out of Gort, who saw them often from his young days, and always towards the end of his life, though I... Long Stories - Post by : malcott - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 2994

The Celtic Twilight - THE QUEEN AND THE FOOL The Celtic Twilight - THE QUEEN AND THE FOOL

The Celtic Twilight - THE QUEEN AND THE FOOL
THE QUEEN AND THE FOOLI have heard one Hearne, a witch-doctor, who is on the border of Clare and Galway, say that in "every household" of faery "there is a queen and a fool," and that if you are "touched" by either you never recover, though you may from the touch of any other in faery. He said of the fool that he was "maybe the wisest of all," and spoke of him as dressed like one of the "mummers that used to be going about the country." Since then a friend has gathered me some few stories of him, and... Long Stories - Post by : dburdon - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 2064

The Celtic Twilight - WAR The Celtic Twilight - WAR

The Celtic Twilight - WAR
WARWhen there was a rumour of war with France a while ago, I met a poor Sligo woman, a soldier's widow, that I know, and I read her a sentence out of a letter I had just had from London: "The people here are mad for war, but France seems inclined to take things peacefully," or some like sentence. Her mind ran a good deal on war, which she imagined partly from what she had heard from soldiers, and partly from tradition of the rebellion of '98, but the word London doubled her interest, for she knew there were a great... Long Stories - Post by : skybluep - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 1699

The Celtic Twilight - A REMONSTRANCE WITH SCOTSMEN The Celtic Twilight - A REMONSTRANCE WITH SCOTSMEN

The Celtic Twilight - A REMONSTRANCE WITH SCOTSMEN
A REMONSTRANCE WITH SCOTSMENA REMONSTRANCE WITH SCOTSMEN FOR HAVING SOURED THE DISPOSITION OF THEIR GHOSTS AND FAERIESNot only in Ireland is faery belief still extant. It was only the other day I heard of a Scottish farmer who believed that the lake in front of his house was haunted by a water-horse. He was afraid of it, and dragged the lake with nets, and then tried to pump it empty. It would have been a bad thing for the water-horse had he found him. An Irish peasant would have long since come to terms with the creature. For in Ireland there... Long Stories - Post by : andygmason - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 3092

The Celtic Twilight - THE GOLDEN AGE The Celtic Twilight - THE GOLDEN AGE

The Celtic Twilight - THE GOLDEN AGE
THE GOLDEN AGEA while ago I was in the train, and getting near Sligo. The last time I had been there something was troubling me, and I had longed for a message from those beings or bodiless moods, or whatever they be, who inhabit the world of spirits. The message came, for one night I saw with blinding distinctness a black animal, half weasel, half dog, moving along the top of a stone wall, and presently the black animal vanished, and from the other side came a white weasel-like dog, his pink flesh shining through his white hair and all in... Long Stories - Post by : Rawkin - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 2290

The Celtic Twilight - OUR LADY OF THE HILLS The Celtic Twilight - OUR LADY OF THE HILLS

The Celtic Twilight - OUR LADY OF THE HILLS
OUR LADY OF THE HILLSWhen we were children we did not say at such a distance from the post- office, or so far from the butcher's or the grocer's, but measured things by the covered well in the wood, or by the burrow of the fox in the hill. We belonged then to God and to His works, and to things come down from the ancient days. We would not have been greatly surprised had we met the shining feet of an angel among the white mushrooms upon the mountains, for we knew in those days immense despair, unfathomed love--every eternal... Long Stories - Post by : panitheo - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 1422

The Celtic Twilight - THE EATERS OF PRECIOUS STONES The Celtic Twilight - THE EATERS OF PRECIOUS STONES

The Celtic Twilight - THE EATERS OF PRECIOUS STONES
THE EATERS OF PRECIOUS STONESSometimes when I have been shut off from common interests, and have for a little forgotten to be restless, I get waking dreams, now faint and shadow-like, now vivid and solid-looking, like the material world under my feet. Whether they be faint or vivid, they are ever beyond the power of my will to alter in any way. They have their own will, and sweep hither and thither, and change according to its commands. One day I saw faintly an immense pit of blackness, round which went a circular parapet, and on this parapet sat innumerable apes... Long Stories - Post by : e40rich - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 2928

The Celtic Twilight - CONCERNING THE NEARNESS TOGETHER OF HEAVEN, EARTH, AND PURGATORY The Celtic Twilight - CONCERNING THE NEARNESS TOGETHER OF HEAVEN, EARTH, AND PURGATORY

The Celtic Twilight - CONCERNING THE NEARNESS TOGETHER OF HEAVEN, EARTH, AND PURGATORY
CONCERNING THE NEARNESS TOGETHER OF HEAVEN, EARTH, AND PURGATORYIn Ireland this world and the world we go to after death are not far apart. I have heard of a ghost that was many years in a tree and many years in the archway of a bridge, and my old Mayo woman says, "There is a bush up at my own place, and the people do be saying that there are two souls doing their penance under it. When the wind blows one way the one has shelter, and when it blows from the north the other has the shelter. It is... Long Stories - Post by : ebiz4me - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 918

The Celtic Twilight - THE RELIGION OF A SAILOR The Celtic Twilight - THE RELIGION OF A SAILOR

The Celtic Twilight - THE RELIGION OF A SAILOR
THE RELIGION OF A SAILORA sea captain when he stands upon the bridge, or looks out from his deck-house, thinks much about God and about the world. Away in the valley yonder among the corn and the poppies men may well forget all things except the warmth of the sun upon the face, and the kind shadow under the hedge; but he who journeys through storm and darkness must needs think and think. One July a couple of years ago I took my supper with a Captain Moran on board the S.S. Margaret, that had put into a western river from... Long Stories - Post by : JohnInPrinceton - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 1750

The Celtic Twilight - THE THICK SKULL OF THE FORTUNATE The Celtic Twilight - THE THICK SKULL OF THE FORTUNATE

The Celtic Twilight - THE THICK SKULL OF THE FORTUNATE
THE THICK SKULL OF THE FORTUNATEIOnce a number of Icelandic peasantry found a very thick skull in the cemetery where the poet Egil was buried. Its great thickness made them feel certain it was the skull of a great man, doubtless of Egil himself. To be doubly sure they put it on a wall and hit it hard blows with a hammer. It got white where the blows fell but did not break, and they were convinced that it was in truth the skull of the poet, and worthy of every honour. In Ireland we have much kinship with the Icelanders,... Long Stories - Post by : jackkapala - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 3424

The Celtic Twilight - DRUMCLIFF AND ROSSES The Celtic Twilight - DRUMCLIFF AND ROSSES

The Celtic Twilight - DRUMCLIFF AND ROSSES
DRUMCLIFF AND ROSSESDrumcliff and Rosses were, are, and ever shall be, please Heaven! places of unearthly resort. I have lived near by them and in them, time after time, and have gathered thus many a crumb of faery lore. Drumcliff is a wide green valley, lying at the foot of Ben Bulben, the mountain in whose side the square white door swings open at nightfall to loose the faery riders on the world. The great St. Columba himself, the builder of many of the old ruins in the valley, climbed the mountains on one notable day to get near heaven with... Long Stories - Post by : deciste - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 1868

The Celtic Twilight - THE THREE O'BYRNES AND THE EVIL FAERIES The Celtic Twilight - THE THREE O'BYRNES AND THE EVIL FAERIES

The Celtic Twilight - THE THREE O'BYRNES AND THE EVIL FAERIES
THE THREE O'BYRNES AND THE EVIL FAERIESIn the dim kingdom there is a great abundance of all excellent things. There is more love there than upon the earth; there is more dancing there than upon the earth; and there is more treasure there than upon the earth. In the beginning the earth was perhaps made to fulfil the desire of man, but now it has got old and fallen into decay. What wonder if we try and pilfer the treasures of that other kingdom!A friend was once at a village near Sleive League. One day he was straying about a rath... Long Stories - Post by : lloven2 - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 719

The Celtic Twilight - A COWARD The Celtic Twilight - A COWARD

The Celtic Twilight - A COWARD
A COWARDOne day I was at the house of my friend the strong farmer, who lives beyond Ben Bulben and Cope's mountain, and met there a young lad who seemed to be disliked by the two daughters. I asked why they disliked him, and was; told he was a coward. This interested me, for some whom robust children of nature take to be cowards are but men and women with a nervous system too finely made for their life and work. I looked at the lad; but no, that pink-and-white face and strong body had nothing of undue sensibility. After a... Long Stories - Post by : ebonilic - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 692

The Celtic Twilight - THE MAN AND HIS BOOTS The Celtic Twilight - THE MAN AND HIS BOOTS

The Celtic Twilight - THE MAN AND HIS BOOTS
THE MAN AND HIS BOOTSThere was a doubter in Donegal, and he would not hear of ghosts or sheogues, and there was a house in Donegal that had been haunted as long as man could remember, and this is the story of how the house got the better of the man. The man came into the house and lighted a fire in the room under the haunted one, and took off his boots and set them On the hearth, and stretched out his feet and warmed him self. For a time he prospered in his unbelief; but a little while after... Long Stories - Post by : jlassociates - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 2341

The Celtic Twilight - THE OLD TOWN The Celtic Twilight - THE OLD TOWN

The Celtic Twilight - THE OLD TOWN
THE OLD TOWNI fell, one night some fifteen years ago, into what seemed the power of faery.I had gone with a young man and his sister--friends and relations of my own--to pick stories out of an old countryman; and we were coming home talking over what he had told us. It was dark, and our imaginations were excited by his stories of apparitions, and this may have brought us, unknown to us, to the threshold, between sleeping and waking Sphinxes and Chimaeras sit open-eyed and where there are always murmurings and whisperings. I cannot think that what we saw was... Long Stories - Post by : isyd1 - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Butler Yeats - Read : 1573