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The Trembling of the Veil   By: (1865-1939)

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THE TREMBLING OF THE VEIL

PRIVATELY PRINTED BOOKS

( Uniform with this Volume )

THE STORY TELLER'S HOLIDAY ( George Moore ) July 1918

AVOWALS ( George Moore ) September 1919

ESTHER WATERS ( George Moore ) October 1920

THE COMING OF GABRIELLE ( George Moore ) December 1920

HÉLOISE AND ABÉLARD ( George Moore ) February 1921

NINE TALES FROM "LES CONTES DROLATIQUES" OF BALZAC ( Translated by Robert Crawford ) November 1921

A PORTRAIT OF GEORGE MOORE IN A STUDY OF HIS WORK ( John Freeman ) May 1922

THE CAULDRON OF ANNWN ( Thomas Evelyn Ellis ) June 1922

[Illustration: Emery Walker Ph.oc. From a picture by Charles Shannon ]

THE TREMBLING OF THE VEIL

By W. B. YEATS

LONDON PRIVATELY PRINTED FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY BY T. WERNER LAURIE, LTD. 1922

To JOHN QUINN my friend and helper, and friend and helper of certain people mentioned in this book .

GIFT

PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN

THE TREMBLING OF THE VEIL

This edition consists of one thousand copies numbered and signed.

This is No. 24

PREFACE

I have found in an old diary a quotation from Stephane Mallarmé, saying that his epoch was troubled by the trembling of the veil of the Temple. As those words were still true, during the years of my life described in this book, I have chosen The Trembling of the Veil for its title.

Except in one or two trivial details, where I have the warrant of old friendship, I have not, without permission, quoted conversation or described occurrence from the private life of named or recognisable persons. I have not felt my freedom abated, for most of the friends of my youth are dead and over the dead I have an historian's rights. They were artists and writers and certain among them men of genius, and the life of a man of genius, because of his greater sincerity, is often an experiment that needs analysis and record. At least my generation so valued personality that it thought so. I have said all the good I know and all the evil: I have kept nothing back necessary to understanding.

W. B. YEATS.

May, 1922. Thoor Ballylee.

CONTENTS

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BOOK I FOUR YEARS 1887 1891 3

BOOK II IRELAND AFTER THE FALL OF PARNELL 83

BOOK III HODOS CAMELIONIS 135

BOOK IV THE TRAGIC GENERATION 157

BOOK V THE STIRRING OF THE BONES 225

BOOK I FOUR YEARS 1887 1891

THE TREMBLING OF THE VEIL

FOUR YEARS 1887 1891

I

At the end of the 'eighties my father and mother, my brother and sisters and myself, all newly arrived from Dublin, were settled in Bedford Park in a red brick house with several mantelpieces of wood, copied from marble mantelpieces designed by the brothers Adam, a balcony and a little garden shadowed by a great horse chestnut tree. Years before we had lived there, when the crooked ostentatiously picturesque streets with great trees casting great shadows had been a new enthusiasm: the Pre Raphaelite movement at last affecting life. But now exaggerated criticism had taken the place of enthusiasm, the tiled roofs, the first in modern London, were said to leak, which they did not, and the drains to be bad, though that was no longer true; and I imagine that houses were cheap. I remember feeling disappointed because the co operative stores, with their little seventeenth century panes, had lost the romance they had when I had passed them still unfinished on my way to school; and because the public house, called The Tabard after Chaucer's Inn, was so plainly a common public house; and because the great sign of a trumpeter designed by Rooke, the Pre Raphaelite artist, had been freshened by some inferior hand... Continue reading book >>




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