Were you able to guess the title from the puzzle pieces and hints? 🙂 Here are the answers to the three hints:
- Hint 1: 23rd, 2nd, 25th: This referred to the letters of the alphabet. “WBY”….or William Butler Yates (WB Yates)
- Hint 2: The Rose of Battle (one of Yates’ poems)
- Hint 3: 1st three on 13. A reference to the first three words of the poem on line 13 (which just so happens to be the title).
Here’s an excerpt of that poem:
Rose of all Roses, Rose of all the World!
The tall thought-woven sails, that flap unfurled
Above the tide of hours, trouble the air,
And God’s bell buoyed to be the water’s care;
While hushed from fear, or loud with hope, a band
With blown, spray-dabbled hair gather at hand,
Turn if you may from battles never done,
I call, as they go by me one by one,
Danger no refuge holds, and war no peace,
For him who hears love sing and never cease,
Beside her clean-swept hearth, her quiet shade:
But gather all for whom no love hath made
A woven silence, or but came to cast
A song into the air, and singing passed
To smile on the pale dawn; and gather you
Who have sought more than is in rain or dew,
Or in the sun and moon, or on the earth,
Or sighs amid the wandering, starry mirth,
Or comes in laughter from the sea’s sad lips,
And wage God’s battles in the long grey ships.
The sad, the lonely, the insatiable,
To these Old Night shall all her mystery tell;
God’s bell has claimed them by the little cry
Of their sad hearts, that may not live nor die.
-William Butler Yates, “The Rose of Battle”
There were many wonderful guesses, but the first person to guess the full title correctly was Heather Villalvazo who wins a signed paperback copy of any one of my books!
Additional winner: Yash Levi was the very first person to almost get the title right by guessing “Woven Silence” (so close!), so I’ve decided to also award her a signed paperback.
Congrats Heather and Yash – please email my assistant [aeicha(at)emmaraveling(dot)com] within 48 hours to claim your prize. And thank you to everyone for your participation and clever responses!
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