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A Deep-Sworn Vow

Others because you did not keep
That deep-sworn vow have been friends of mine;
Yet always when I look death in the face,
When I clamber to the heights of sleep,
Or when I grow excited with wine,
Suddenly I meet your face.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. 

About this Poem


“A Deep-Sworn Vow” was published in The Wild Swans at Coole (Cuala Press, 1917). 

Author


W. B. Yeats

William Butler Yeats, widely considered one of the greatest poets of the English language, received the 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature. His work was greatly influenced by the heritage and politics of Ireland.

Date Published: 2017-02-04

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/deep-sworn-vow