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What Was Lost

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I SING what was lost and dread what was won,I walk in a battle fought over again,My king a lost king, and lost soldiers my men;Feet to the Rising and…

At The Abbey Theatre

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DEAR Craoibhin Aoibhin, look into our case.When we are high and airy hundreds sayThat if we hold that flight they’ll leave the place,While those same hundreds mock another dayBecause we…

Down By The Salley Gardens

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DOWN by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;She passed the salley gardens with little snow-whitefeet.She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on thetree;But I,…

The Pity Of Love

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A PITY beyond all tellingIs hid in the heart of love:The folk who are buying and selling,The clouds on their journey above,The cold wet winds ever blowing,And the shadowy hazel…

King And No King

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WOULD it were anything but merely voice!’The No King cried who after that was King,Because he had not heard of anythingThat balanced with a word is more than noise;Yet Old…

In Tara’s Halls

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A MAN I praise that once in Tara’s HalsSaid to the woman on his knees, “Lie still.My hundredth year is at an end.  I thinkThat something is about to happen, I…

A Man Young And Old: VIII. Summer And Spring

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We sat under an old thorn-treeAnd talked away the night,Told all that had been said or doneSince first we saw the light,And when we talked of growing upKnew that we’d…

Hound Voice

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BECAUSE we love bare hills and stunted treesAnd were the last to choose the settled ground,Its boredom of the desk or of the spade, becauseSo many years companioned by a…

Three Songs To The Same Tune

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IGRANDFATHER sang it under the gallows:” Hear, gentlemen, ladies, and all mankind:Money is good and a girl might be better.But good strong blows are delights to the mind.’There, standing on…

No Second Troy

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Why should I blame her that she filled my daysWith misery, or that she would of lateHave taught ignorant men most violent ways,Or hurled the little streets upon the great,Had…