Dora Sigerson Shorter
The Watcher In The Wood by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Watcher In The Wood by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Deep in the wood's recesses coolI see the fairy dancers glide,In cloth of gold, in gown of green,My lord and lady side by side.But who has hung from leaf to leaf,From flower to ...

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The Golden Apple by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Golden Apple by Dora Sigerson Shorter

She saw on the far bank a golden apple,A glowing apple, poor little Eve,Between ran the river so darkly dapple,By sunshine land she was loth to leave.She looked, and she longed, ...

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The Little Brother by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Little Brother by Dora Sigerson Shorter

O brother, brother, come down to the crags by the bay,Come down to the caves where I play,For oh! I saw on the rocks, asleep,A fair mermaid, and the slow waves creepTo bear her ...

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The Sinking Ship by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Sinking Ship by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The ship is sinking, come ye one and all.Stand fast and so this weakness overhaul,Come ye strong hands and cheery voices call,'Stand by!'The ship is sinking in a summer ...

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A Ballad Of The Wailing Ghost by Dora Sigerson Shorter

A Ballad Of The Wailing Ghost by Dora Sigerson Shorter

As I between the dusk and darkWalked down by Hampton Towers,I strayed upon the haunted pathIn the forbidden hours.I paced the long and lonesome wayIn meditation deep,And there I ...

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A Fantasy by Dora Sigerson Shorter

A Fantasy by Dora Sigerson Shorter

I saw Winter 'neath a spindle tree,She plucked berries bright to crown her head.She was singing little robin's songWhile wild beech-leaves round and round her spread.I ran home ...

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The Human Touch by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Human Touch by Dora Sigerson Shorter

She made roses all the day for pretty ladies' wear,All through the patient hours, half into the night.Dragged into a hurried knot all her dusty hair,Eyes foolish with fatigue, ...

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A Ballad Of Marjorie by Dora Sigerson Shorter

A Ballad Of Marjorie by Dora Sigerson Shorter

'What ails you that you look so pale,O fisher of the sea?'''Tis for a mournful tale I own,Fair maiden Marjorie.''What is the dreary tale to tell,O toiler of the sea?''I cast my ...

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My Lady’s Slipper by Dora Sigerson Shorter

My Lady’s Slipper by Dora Sigerson Shorter

A TRUE STORYII am a man who hath known trouble,O'Ruarc of the Lake.On my life's glass joy rose as a bubbleTo glitter and break.She laid in mine her hands long and slender,So ...

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The Careless Lad by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Careless Lad by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The careless lad went through the wood,Leaped the retarding gate,And whistled thrice unto his dog,Who strayed behind so late.And then he turned him to the north,To find the ...

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The Story Without End by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Story Without End by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Before my time my kindred wereAs felons in their land,Because they claimed the libertyThat freemen understand.Ere I was born in Dublin townMen's hearts were still aflame,They ...

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A Meadow Tragedy by Dora Sigerson Shorter

A Meadow Tragedy by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Here's a meadow full of sunshineRipe grasses lush and high,There's a reaper on the roadway,And a lark hangs in the sky.There's a nest of love enclosingThree little beaks that ...

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You Will Not Come Again by Dora Sigerson Shorter

You Will Not Come Again by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The green has come to the leafless tree,The earth brings forth its grain,The rose has come for the honey beeYou will not come again.The birds have come to the empty nest,All ...

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Lady Kathleen by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Lady Kathleen by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Fair Lady Kathleen in her towerBowed her head like a wounded flower,She wept the weary night away'Here I spin for a year and a day,But 'tis for love's sweet sake,' she said,'My ...

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The Tree Uprooted by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Tree Uprooted by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The earth-bound giant now is free, is free,The last fight over, and the last moan still,No tale of snow-clad heights where great dreams be,His exile heart can thrill.Ah! how he ...

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In Wintry Weather by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In Wintry Weather by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Dear, in wintry weather,How close we crept together!The storms, with all their thunder,Could not our fond hands sunder.No sorrow followed afterCold words or scornful ...

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The Wind On The Hills by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Wind On The Hills by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Go not to the hills of ErinWhen the night winds are about,Put up your bar and shutter,And so keep the danger out.For the good-folk whirl within it,And they pull you by the ...

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On The Other Side by Dora Sigerson Shorter

On The Other Side by Dora Sigerson Shorter

What will you do through the waiting days,What will my darling do?Will you sleep, or wander in those strange waysUntil I can come to you?Do you cry at the door as I cry ...

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The Fate Of Three Sons Of Uisneach And Dierdré, Daughter Of Feilim by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Fate Of Three Sons Of Uisneach And Dierdré, Daughter Of Feilim by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Woe to thee, daughter of Feilim! woe to thee, Deirdré!Slain for thy sake were the three sons of Uisneach, and redGrew the broad plains of Ulster, on Connaught unnumbered the ...

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The Spies by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Spies by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Young Robin from the field in the deep shadow runs,Singing boy, pretty maid tossing the hay, he shuns,Light of feet, stealthily, to the wood soon he creeps,Laughing at strategy, ...

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The Scallop Shell by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Scallop Shell by Dora Sigerson Shorter

A scallop shell, loosed by the lifting tide,Had left a friendly shore, the seas to brave,Its lips of pink and snowy hollow shonePure in the sun, a pearl upon the wave.It gleamed ...

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The Phantom Deer by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Phantom Deer by Dora Sigerson Shorter

'Do you hunt alone to-day, O Red Richard!Pray you tell me, do you hunt all your lone?''Ay, I am for the chase, little cousin,And wish no other spearing save my own.''And whither ...

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The Defenders by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Defenders by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Leave me my dreams, and I shall not repine,Youth's eager hours, love's restless holiday.Leave me my dreams, a castled garden mine—Where all unchid my wand'ring feet can ...

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The Lone Soul by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Lone Soul by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The world has many lovers, but the oneShe loves the best is he within whose heartShe but half-reigning queen and mistress is,Whose lonely soul for ever stands apart,Who from her ...

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The Little Sister by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Little Sister by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The wind knocks at the window,And my heart is full of fear,For I know when it is callingThat some evil thing is near.It whispers in the chimney,And I strike the log to ...

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The Lover’s Almanac by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Lover’s Almanac by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Oh, hearts that wear the willow,To you I tell my woe,Why thus uncared, ungartered,And all so pale I go.Come, you wan lovers sighingWho too have felt the thorn,But let none ...

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The Fairy Changeling by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Fairy Changeling by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Brian O'Byrne of Omah townIn his garden strode up and down,He pulled his beard, and he beat his breast,And this is his trouble and woe confessed'The good-folk came in the night, ...

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The Comforters by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Comforters by Dora Sigerson Shorter

When I crept over the hill, broken with tears.When I crouched down on the grass, dumb in despair,I heard the soft croon of the wind bend to my ears,I felt the light kiss of the ...

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What Will You Give? by Dora Sigerson Shorter

What Will You Give? by Dora Sigerson Shorter

What will you give me, if I will wed?'A golden gownTo come sweetly down,And deck you from foot to head.'How will you keep me, if I am cold?'By a heart so warm,The bravest ...

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Young Una by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Young Una by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Upon the shore young Una lies,A smile upon her mouth,Soft breezes kiss her heavy hair,Slow blowing from the South.Within the cabin on the hillHer mother doth complain'God bless ...

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What We Must Do by Dora Sigerson Shorter

What We Must Do by Dora Sigerson Shorter

What we must do and may not do.This is the World's whole refrain,Till beating on the wearied brain,We wonder what is true.My love! my love! who passes by,As Fate hath willed ere ...

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Wishes by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Wishes by Dora Sigerson Shorter

I wish we could live as the flowers live,To breathe and to bloom in the summer and sun,To slumber and sway in the heart of the night,And to die when our glory had done.I wish we ...

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The Troubadour by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Troubadour by Dora Sigerson Shorter

It was the Christmas of the year,The wind blew chill, the night was drear,And round the strong walls of the keepThe silent snow fell white and deep.But well the Baron's board ...

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The Two Nests by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Two Nests by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The wise thrush, the wise thrush, she choseth well her tree,Made her nest in the laurel's leafy shade.But the foolish young girl, all laughing in her glee,She built on a reed ...

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The Two Laws by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Two Laws by Dora Sigerson Shorter

He was the son of a hunting squireAnd heir to a fair estate,And she but an humble serving maidWho opened his father's gate.He thought her sweet as the garden roseHe wore in his ...

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The Two Prayers by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Two Prayers by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Lord! when they came and stood upon my way,With 'One is dead,' I paused awhile to pray,In brief thanksgiving that I still did liveOn the good earth that had so much to ...

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The Wanderers by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Wanderers by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Out from her doorway peeped the little maidTo gaze upon the world most full of glee.Her eager eyes all bright and unafraid,Her smooth cheek flushed with joy of things to be.Nor ...

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The Wild Beast by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Wild Beast by Dora Sigerson Shorter

One spring as I went walkingBy budding leaf and thornTo see the sun a-shiningUpon an Easter morn,My hound she gambolled by me,Oft hunting in her playSome small thing in the ...

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The West Wind by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The West Wind by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The wind that blows from the westTaps at my window, sighing,But I pull the curtains close,I'll hear no more its crying.Oh, the north wind, it is good!I run to meet it ...

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When The Dark Comes by Dora Sigerson Shorter

When The Dark Comes by Dora Sigerson Shorter

When the dark comes,'Is this the end?' I pray,No answer from the night,And then once more the day.I take the world againUpon my neck and goPace with the serious hours.Since fate ...

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The White Witch by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The White Witch by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Heaven help your home to-night,MacCormac, for I knowA white witch woman is your bride:You married for your woe.You thought her but a simple maidThat roamed the mountain-side,She ...

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Who Is He? by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Who Is He? by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Who is he, dying so hard?Hard is it to die—Die in the warmth of June,Bird and bee in tune—Die in the singing time,When all the world's in rhyme,Hard it is to die.He is Hope ...

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When Summer Comes by Dora Sigerson Shorter

When Summer Comes by Dora Sigerson Shorter

When summer comes, then you are near to me,I feel your phantom presence on my heart,In every wind the dead year speaks again,And every scene springs up to take its part.'Twas ...

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Winter In Summer by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Winter In Summer by Dora Sigerson Shorter

All in a bleak DecemberMy heart had summer-time,Crouched by the glowing ember,We found an Eden's clime.The storm that shook the casementsMade laughter in my ears,No frown thy ...

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Wirastrua by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Wirastrua by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Wirastrua, wirastrua, woe to me that you are dead!The corpse has spoken from out his bed.'Yesternight my burning brainThrobbed and beat on the strings of painNow I rest, all my ...

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The Question by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Question by Dora Sigerson Shorter

Now here is where I fail to understand,And put my question in all reverence,On bended knee with head most lowly bent,To the All-High, All-Knowing Providence.A girl whose fate ...

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When You Are On The Sea by Dora Sigerson Shorter

When You Are On The Sea by Dora Sigerson Shorter

How can I laugh or dance as others do,Or ply my rock or reel?My heart will still return to dreams of youBeside my spinning-wheel.My little dog he cried out in the dark,He would ...

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The One Forgotten by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The One Forgotten by Dora Sigerson Shorter

A spirit speeding down on All Souls' EveFrom the wide gates of that mysterious shoreWhere sleep the dead, sung softly and yet sweet.'So gay a wind was never heard before,'The ...

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The Palace Gate by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Palace Gate by Dora Sigerson Shorter

'Halt, who goes there?' ''Tis for the new-born king,In long processions see what gifts we bring.Here cometh Care with sheaf of troubled years,And here is Grief with dish of ...

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The Old Violon by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Old Violon by Dora Sigerson Shorter

'Going, going!' the voice was loud,And, rising, silenced the chattering crowd.'Going! going! shall it be gone?'The auctioneer held up an old violon.'The mute though tarnished is ...

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