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The Land of Heart's Desire

W. B. Yeats

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .To come when I am dead to Shawn and you.

FATHER HART. You should not fill your head with foolish dreams.
What are you reading?

MARY. How a Princess Edane,
A daughter of a King of Ireland, heard
A voice singing on a May Eve like this,
And followed half awake and half asleep,
Until she came into the Land of Faery,
Where nobody gets old and godly and grave,
Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise,
Where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue.
And she is still there, busied with a dance
Deep in the dewy shadow of a wood,
Or where stars walk upon a mountain-top.

MAURTEEN. Persuade the colleen to put down the book;
My grandfather would mutter just such things,
And he was no judge of a dog or a horse,
And any idle boy could blarney him;
just speak your mind.

FATHER HART. Put it away, my colleen;
God spreads the heav. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I didn't quite know what to expect but ended with quiet tears and a heavy heart.

I found The Land of Heart's Desire while searching for quotes about faeries (light-hearted research for a book) but I have no idea on how to rate a one-act playscript from the late 19th century. I enjoyed reading it, so four stars it is. All in all it was a lovely peep in to the Irish fairy-lore on

“I have spread my dreams under your feet.
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
― W.B. Yeats

Yeats was a major proponent of symbolism. He has a riveting art of using common words and language to reach to those abstract ideas. His imagery and his spell can always give you a feel of sorcery. He

A wonderful one act play that gives wonderful insight into how the Irish would look at the fairies during modernish times. He uses actual folklore from his interviews with the people of the Irish countryside's and creates a nice short scene in an Irish cottage.

Yeats sets the scene in the real world for a battle between faith and fancy. A mother, her newlywed son and a priest, practice superstitious rituals to ward off evil, while the new daughter-in-law disappears into flights of fancy of fancy in her reading and her desire for more beyond the world she k

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