We always enjoy hearing from customers planning to whisk a loved one away to a romantic property. We also take great heart from being privy to an engagement proposal occurring in one of our Gatelodges, Cottages or at the top of our many Lighthouses. At this time of year, we especially enjoy sharing the love that our customers hold for antiquity and the passion that this community creates by caring for and nurturing old buildings. Don’t forget to read about our ‘Landmarks for love article‘
These wonderfully romantic lines in the poem ‘When you are old’ by William Butler Yeats touched our hearts in Irish Landmark Trust this month.
When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
This poem captured our attention because it deals with unrequited love, a poem penned for Maud Gonne, the love of Yeats’s life but a love not reciprocated. It reminds us that Valentines day is not always straightforward and that very often we experience complications, a sense of being alone or a myriad of challenges on the very days set up by society to be lovely. We chose this as our Valentine poem for its celebration of age and knowledge. We felt that these words could almost have been written for our buildings ‘old and grey’, displaying ‘the soft look’ and maintaining their ‘shadows deep’. We thought of you our wonderful customers who ‘love’ the ‘changing face’ of our properties as you truly discover the ‘pilgrim soul’ in our special buildings. We thank you for your custom and look forward to welcoming you in 2018.