Because our lives are cowardly and sly, Because we do not dare to take or give, Because we scowl and pass each other by, We do not live; we do not dare to live.
"The Road", line 1, in Songs from the Clay (London: Macmillan, 1915) p. 97.
Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.James Stephens
If I asked her master he'd give me a cask a day; But she, with the beer at hand, not a gill would arrange! May she marry a ghost and bear him a kitten, and may The High King of Glory permit her to get the mange.James Stephens
I would think Until I found Something I can never find; – Something Lying On the ground, In the bottom Of my mind.James Stephens
The duty of a lyrical poet is not to express or explain, it is to intensify life.James Stephens