Today’s poem comes from my literary soul mate, William Butler Yeats. While I am sure that Mr. Yeats will be making more than one appearance here during National Poetry Month, the wistful melancholy of this poem really appealed to me today.
Never Give All the Heart
By W. B. Yeats
Never give all the heart, for love
Will hardly seem worth thinking of
To passionate women if it seem
Certain, and they never dream
That it fades out from kiss to kiss;
For everything that’s lovely is
But a brief, dreamy, kind delight.
O never give the heart outright,
For they, for all smooth lips can say,
Have given their hearts up to the play.
And who could play it well enough
If deaf and dumb and blind with love?
He that made this knows all the cost,
For he gave all his heart and lost.
This poem also has the distinction of being very heavily featured in a lovely song from the T. V. show, Smash. The show, which was a behind the scenes glimpse of a fictional Marilyn Monroe Broadway show, had its issues and was eventually cancelled but when things came together, as it did for this song, it was really glorious.
Check it out here: Never Give All the Heart – Smash
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