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In the Nursery

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  The unpurged images of the day recede;
The Emperor's drunken soldiery are abed;
Night resonance recedes, night-walkers' song
After the great cathedral gong;
A star-lit or a moonlit dome disdains
All that man is,
All mere complexities,
The fury and the mire of human veins.
Before me floats an image, man or shade,
Shade more than man, more image than a shade;
For Hades' bobbin bound in mummy-cloth
May unwind the winding path;
A mouth that has no moisture and no breath
Breathless mouths may summon;
I hail the superhuman;
I call it death-in-life and life-in-death.

Miracle, bird or golden handiwork,
More miracle than bird or handiwork,
Planted on the star-lit golden bough,
Can like the cocks of Hades crow,
Or, by the moon embittered, scorn aloud
In glory of changeless metal
Common bird or petal
And all complexities of mire or blood.

At midnight on the Emperor's pavement flit
Flames that no faggot feeds, nor steel has lit,
Nor storm disturbs, flame begotten of flame,
Where blood-begotten spirits come
And all complexities of fury leave,
Dying into a dance,
An agony of trance,
An agony of flame that cannot singe a sleeve.

Astraddle on the dolphin's mire and blood,
Spirit after spirit! The smithies break the flood,
The golden smithies of the Emperor!
Marbles of the dancing floor
Break bitter furies of complexity,
Those images that yet
Fresh images beget,
That dolphin-torn, that gong-tormented sea.

- Yeats, Byzantium (1930)


*  =  instrumental

Patrick Cassidy - Lisa Gerrard
Sailing To Byzantium *

Dizzy Gillespie

Constantinople *

Blaine L. Reininger

Rosebud *



Johnson - Dunning

Byzantium (Golden City) *

Deep Blue Something


Jesse Cook

Byzantium Underground




Constantinople *

Warren Zevon

Ourselves To Know


To Storm The Cyclopean Gates Of Byzantium *

Nova Menco

Constantinople *


Byzantium *


Loreena McKennitt

Kecharitomene *

Stephan Micus

Yperagia Theotoke (Athos Second Night)

Al Stewart


Delerium (feat. Joanna Stevens)

A Poem For Byzantium

Patricia Barber

Constantinople *




A New Rome

In the Nursery


Million Dead

The Rise And Fall 



Antaeus (The Orchard)

Byzantine Meditation *

Greek :

Manos Hatzidakis
Nocturnal Angel
Up To Digenes' Yards

Nikos Xydakis

Byzantine Silk
Constantinople *
Song Of The Doge
Hymn To Freedom

Dionysis Savopoulos
Rays Of The North

Evanthia Reboutsika

The Umbrella Of Bosporus *

Vasilis Tsabropoulos

Axion Esti *

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