A Last Confession By William Butler Yeats

What lively lad most pleasured me
Of all that with me lay?
I answer that I gave my misery,
But had great pleasure with a lad
That I love bodily.

Flinging from his arms I laughed
To think his passion such
He fancied that I gave a such
Did but our bodies touch,
And laughed upon his breast to think
Beast gavebeast as much.

I gave what other women gave
That stepped out of their clothes.
But when this soul, its body off,
Naked to naked goes,
He it has found shall find therein
What none other knows,

And give his own and take his own
And rule in hisown right;
And though it loved in misery
Close and cling so tight,
There’s not a bird of day that dare
Extinguish that delight.


Misery : distress
Flinging : throwing
Beast : a wild animal
Cling : to stick