Land Of Heart's Desire by William Butler Yeats

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"Land Of Heart's Desire"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Mary Bruin, wife of Shawn Bruin, longs for a beautiful land of peace and beauty, and reads an "old book" written by Grandfather Bruin about such "nonsense." When a Faery Child attracts her attention, she welcomes the Child into the house against the advice of the more practical members of the family. The Faery then describes the attractions of Faeryland. Mary is torn between the wonders of this land and her love for Shawn. In a tug-of-war between the Faery and Shawn, the husband loses, and Mary dies, to go with the Child. The Child tempts Mary with descriptions of this other world:

You shall go with me, newly-married bride,
And gaze upon a merrier multitude.
White-armed Nuala, Aengus of the Birds,
Feachra of the hurtling form, and him
Who is the ruler of the Western Host,
Finvara, and their Land of Heart's Desire.
Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood,
But joy is wisdom, time an endless song.