YEATS, W.B. The Fiddler of Dooney. A Cuala Press hand coloured print reproducing and illustrating one of Yeats’ best-loved early poems (123 x 182mm) in fine condition. Framed and glazed. Illustration signed G.A., probably George Altendorf (1904-1966), Art Editor of The Irish Press. This was one of the most popular prints issued by the Cuala Press.
“A couple of miles from Innisfree, no four or five miles from Innisfree, there is a great rock called Dooney Rock where I had often picnicked when a child. And when in my 24th year I made up a poem about a merry fiddler I called him “The Fiddler of Dooney” in commemoration of that rock and of all those picnics. The places mentioned in the poem are all places near Sligo.”
The poem includes the celebrated lines:
“For the good are always the merry,
Save by an evil chance,
And the merry love the fiddle,
And the merry love to dance.”