William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939) was an Irish poet whose work continues to be widely published and praised.

The Magi

Now as at all times I can see in the mind’s eye,
In their stiff, painted clothes, the pale unsatisfied ones
Appear and disappear in the blue depths of the sky
With all their ancient faces like rain-beaten stones,
And all their helms of silver hovering side by side,
And all their eyes still fixed, hoping to find once more,
Being by Calvary’s turbulence unsatisfied,
The uncontrollable mystery on the bestial floor.

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Image: Die heiligen drei Könige (The Three Magi)
Emil Nolde, (1913)
Medium: Lithograph
Dimensions: composition (irreg.): 26 1/16 x 21 1/16″ (66.2 x 53.5 cm); sheet: 28 3/8 x 22 3/4″
Printer: Westphalen, Flensburg, GermanyEdition: 300; plus several T.P.Credit:PurchaseObject number: 355.1951Copyright © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll, GermanyDepartment: Drawings and Prints