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T 0 MY FR IE ND TE M PL E R. FAY 

THE WIND AMONG THE REEDS 

TWO POEMS BY W. B. YEATS -

SET TO MUSIC 

FOR 

VOICE AND PIANO 

BY 

CH. M. LCEFFLER 

PRICE $2.00 

NEW YORK: G. SCHIRMER 

BOSTON: BOSTON MUSIC CO. 

LONDON: CHAS. WOOLHOUSE• PARIS: A. DURAND & FILS 





T 0 MY FR I END TEMPLE R. FAY 

THE WIND AMONG THE REEDS 

TWO POEMS BY W. B. YEATS -

SET TO MUSIC 

FOR 

VOICE AND PIANO 

BY 

CH. M. LCEFFLER 

PRICE $2.00 

NEW YORK: G. SCHIRMER 

BOSTON: BOSTON MUSIC CO. 

LONDON: CHAS. WOOLHOUSE· PARIS: A. DURAND & FILS 

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THE HOSTING OF THE SIDHE 

"The powerful and wealthy called the gods of ancient Ireland the Tuatha De Danaan, 

or the T1 ibes of the goddess Danu ; but the poor called them, and still sometimes call them, 

the Sidhe, from Aes Sidhe or Sluagh Sidhe, the people of the Faery Hills, as these words 

are usually explained. Sidhe is also Gaelic for wind, and certainly the Sidhe have much 

to do with the wind. They journey in whirling winds. . . . . When the country people 

see the leaves whirling on the road they bless themselves, because they believe the Sidhe 

to be passing by. They are almost always said to wear no covering upon their heads, 

and to let their hair stream out; and the great among them, for they have great and 

simple, go much upon horseback. If any one becomes too much interested in them, and 

sees them over much, he loses all interest in ordinary things." 

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W. B. YEATS ("The Wind among the Reeds") 

THE HOSTING OF THE SIDHE 

The host is riding from Knocknarea And over the grave of Clooth-na-bare ; 
C aolte tossing his burning hair, 

And Niamh calling Away, come away! 

Empty your heart of its mortal dream. 

T!te winds awaken, the leaves wMrl round, 

Our cheeks are pale, our hair is unbound, 

Our breasts are hea'Oing, our eyes are a-gleam, 

Our arms are waving, our lt"ps are apart; 

And if any gare on our ms/ting band, 
We come between him and the deed of !tis hand, 

We come between him and the hope of his heart. 

The host is rushing 'twixt night and day, 

And where is there hope or deed as fair ? 

Caolte tossing his burning hair, 

And Niamh calling Away, come away. 



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To my friend Temple R. Fay 

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The Hosting of the Sidhe 

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THE HOST OF THE AIR 

"Dr. Joyce says, 'Of all the different kinds of goblins, air demons were 

most dreaded by the people. They lived among clouds, and mists, and rocks, and hated 

the human race with the utmost malignity'. A very old Arann charm, which contains 

the words ' Send God, by his strength, between us and the host of the Sidhe, between 

us and the host of the air ', seems also to distinguish among them. 

"They are said to steal brides just after their marriage, and sometimes in a blast of 

wind." 

W. B. YEATS ("The Wind among the Reeds") 

THE HOST OF THE AIR 

O'Driscoll drove with a song 

The wild duck and the drake 

From the tall and the tufted reeds 

Of the drear Heart Lake. 

And he saw how the reeds grew dark 

At the coming of night tide, 

And dreamed of the long dim hair 

Of Bridget his bride. 

He heard while he sang and dreamed 

A piper piping away, 

And never was piping so sad, 

And never was piping so gay. 

And he saw young men and young girls 

Who danced on a level place, 

And Bridget his bride among them, 

With a sad and a gay face. 

The dancers crowded about him, 

And many a sweet thing said, 

And a young man brought him red wine, 

And a young girl white bread. 

But Bridget drew him by the sleeve 

A way from the merry bands, 

To old men playing at cards 

With a twinkling of ancient hands. 

The bread and the wine had a doom, 

For these were the host of the air ; 

He sat and played in a dream 

Of her long dim hair. 

He played with the merry old men 

And thought not of evil chance, 

Until one bore Bridget his bride 

A way from the merry dance. 

He bore her away in his arms, 

The handsomest young man there, 

And his neck and his breast and his arms 

Were drowned in her long dim hair. 

O'Driscoll scattered the cards 

And out of his dream awoke : 

Old men and young men and young girls 

Were gone like a drifting smoke. 

But he heard high up in the air 

A piper piping away, 

And never was piping so sad, 

And never was piping so gay. 

W. B. YEATS 



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