This is a clip from the Other Voices NYC video in 2011.

Gabriel Byrne and Martin Hayes perform “Down By The Salley Gardens,” a poem by William Butler Yeats:

Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.

In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.


  1. Listening to this make me cry.
    It is so full of emotions.

    • Me too, Nora. Makes me cry every time. I get the sense that he is being unsentimental in this reading, but it does not matter. He invokes the waterworks anyway!

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