LibriVox volunteers bring you 14 recordings of All Things Can Tempt Me by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) , from The Green Helmet and Other Poems (1912). This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 17th – January 24th, 2010.
http://www.archive.org/download/all_things_can_tempt_1001_librivox/allthingscantemptme_yeats_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=55s (mp3@64kb)
All Things Can Tempt Me
All things can tempt me from this craft of verse:
One time it was a woman’s face, or worse—
The seeming needs of my fool-driven land;
Now nothing but comes readier to the hand
Than this accustomed toil. When I was young,
I had not given a penny for a song
Did not the poet sing it with such airs
That one believed he had a sword upstairs;
Yet would be now, could I but have my wish,
Colder and dumber and deafer than a fish.
This week’s poem can be found here.