Francis Ledwidge
A Fairy Hunt by Francis Ledwidge

A Fairy Hunt by Francis Ledwidge

Who would hear the fairy hornCalling all the hounds of FinnMust be in a lark's nest bornWhen the moon is very thin.I who have the gift can hearHounds and horn and tally ho,And the ...

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Youth by Francis Ledwidge

Youth by Francis Ledwidge

She paved the way with perfume sweetOf flowers that moved like winds alight,And never weary grew my feetWandering through[the spring's delight.She dropped her sweet fife to her ...

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A Little Boy In The Morning by Francis Ledwidge

A Little Boy In The Morning by Francis Ledwidge

He will not come, and still I wait. He whistles at another gate Where angels listen. Ah I know He will not come, yet if I go How shall I know he did not pass barefooted in the ...

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With Flowers by Francis Ledwidge

With Flowers by Francis Ledwidge

These have more language than my song,Take them and let them speak for me.I whispered them a secret thingDown the green lanes of Allary.You shall remember quiet waysWatching them ...

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Lament For Thomas Mcdonagh by Francis Ledwidge

Lament For Thomas Mcdonagh by Francis Ledwidge

He shall not hear the bittern cry In the wild sky, where he is lain, Nor voices of the sweeter birds, Above the wailing of the rain. Nor shall he know when loud March blows Thro' ...

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Ireland by Francis Ledwidge

Ireland by Francis Ledwidge

I called you by sweet names by wood and linn,You answered not because my voice was new,And you were listening for the hounds of FinnAnd the long hosts of Lugh.And so, I came unto ...

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Had I A Golden Pound (After The Irish) by Francis Ledwidge

Had I A Golden Pound (After The Irish) by Francis Ledwidge

Had I a golden pound to spend,My love should mend and sew no more.And I would buy her a little quern,Easy to turn on the kitchen floor.And for her windows curtains white,With ...

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Soliloquy by Francis Ledwidge

Soliloquy by Francis Ledwidge

When I was young I had a care Lest I should cheat me of my shareOf that which makes it sweet to striveFor life, and dying still survive,A name in sunshine written higherThan lark ...

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A Mother’s Song by Francis Ledwidge

A Mother’s Song by Francis Ledwidge

Little ships of whitest pearlWith sailors who were ancient kings,Come over the sea when my little girlSings.And if my little girl should weep,Little ships with torn sailsGo ...

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The Lost Ones by Francis Ledwidge

The Lost Ones by Francis Ledwidge

Somewhere is music from the linnets' bills, And thro' the sunny flowers the bee-wings drone, And white bells of convolvulus on hills Of quiet May make silent ringing, blown Hither ...

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To One Dead by Francis Ledwidge

To One Dead by Francis Ledwidge

A blackbird singing On a moss-upholstered stone, Bluebells swinging, Shadows wildly blown, A song in the wood, A ship on the sea. The song was for you and the ship was for me. A ...

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Fairies by Francis Ledwidge

Fairies by Francis Ledwidge

Maiden-poet, come with meTo the heaped up cairn of Maeve,And there we'll dance a fairy danceUpon a fairy's grave.In and out among the trees,Filling all the night with sound,The ...

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My Mother by Francis Ledwidge

My Mother by Francis Ledwidge

God made my mother on an April day,From sorrow and the mist along the sea,Lost birds' and wanderers' songs and ocean spray,And the moon loved her wandering jealously.Beside the ...

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A Rainy Day In April by Francis Ledwidge

A Rainy Day In April by Francis Ledwidge

When the clouds shake their hyssops, and the rain Like holy water falls upon the plain, 'Tis sweet to gaze upon the springing grain And see your harvest born. And sweet the little ...

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The Wife Of Llew by Francis Ledwidge

The Wife Of Llew by Francis Ledwidge

And Gwydion said to Math, when it was Spring: "Come now and let us make a wife for Llew." And so they broke broad boughs yet moist with dew, And in a shadow made a magic ring: ...

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Behind The Closed Eye by Francis Ledwidge

Behind The Closed Eye by Francis Ledwidge

I walk the old frequented ways That wind around the tangled braes,I live again the sunny daysEre I the city knew. And scenes of old again are born,The woodbine lassoing the ...

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A Little Boy In The Morning by Francis Ledwidge

A Little Boy In The Morning by Francis Ledwidge

He will not come, and still I wait. He whistles at another gate Where angels listen. Ah I know He will not come, yet if I go How shall I know he did not pass barefooted in the ...

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A Soldier’s Grave by Francis Ledwidge

A Soldier’s Grave by Francis Ledwidge

Then in the lull of midnight, gentle armsLifted him slowly down the slopes of deathLest he should hear again the mad alarmsOf battle, dying moans, and painful breath.And where the ...

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To An Old Quill Of Lord Dunsany’s by Francis Ledwidge

To An Old Quill Of Lord Dunsany’s by Francis Ledwidge

Before you leave my hands' abusesTo lie where many odd things meet you,Neglected darkling of the Muses,I, the last of singers, greet you.Snug in some white wing they found you,On ...

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The Little Children by Francis Ledwidge

The Little Children by Francis Ledwidge

Hunger points a bony fingerTo the workhouse on the hill,But the little children lingerWhile there's flowers to gather stillFor my sunny window sill.In my hands I take their ...

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The Rushes by Francis Ledwidge

The Rushes by Francis Ledwidge

The rushes nod by the riverAs the winds on the loud waves go,And the things they nod of are many,For it's many the secret they know.And I think they are wise as the fairiesWho ...

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Ceol Sidhe by Francis Ledwidge

Ceol Sidhe by Francis Ledwidge

When May is here, and every mornIs dappled with pied bells,And dewdrops glance along the thornAnd wings flash in the dells,I take my pipe and play a tuneOf dreams, a whispered ...

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At A Poet’s Grave by Francis Ledwidge

At A Poet’s Grave by Francis Ledwidge

When I leave down this pipe my friendAnd sleep with flowers I loved, apart,My songs shall rise in wilding thingsWhose roots are in my heart.And here where that sweet poet sleepsI ...

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Lament For The Poets: 1916 by Francis Ledwidge

Lament For The Poets: 1916 by Francis Ledwidge

I heard the Poor Old Woman say:"At break of day the fowler came,And took my blackbirds from their songsWho loved me well thro' shame and blameNo more from lovely distancesTheir ...

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Spring by Francis Ledwidge

Spring by Francis Ledwidge

Once more the lark with song and speedCleaves through the dawn, his hurried bars^;Fall, like the flute of GanymedeTwirling and whistling from the stars.The primrose and the ...

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Autumn by Francis Ledwidge

Autumn by Francis Ledwidge

Now leafy winds are blowing cold,And South by West the sun goes down,A quiet huddles up the foldIn sheltered corners of the brown.Like scattered fire the wild fruit strewsThe ...

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With Flowers by Francis Ledwidge

With Flowers by Francis Ledwidge

These have more language than my song,Take them and let them speak for me.I whispered them a secret thingDown the green lanes of Allary.You shall remember quiet waysWatching them ...

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Ardan Mor by Francis Ledwidge

Ardan Mor by Francis Ledwidge

AS I was climbing Ardan Mor From the shore of Sheelin lake, I met the herons coming down Before the water’s wake. And they were talking in their flight Of dreamy ways the herons ...

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A Fairy Hunt by Francis Ledwidge

A Fairy Hunt by Francis Ledwidge

Who would hear the fairy hornCalling all the hounds of FinnMust be in a lark's nest bornWhen the moon is very thin.I who have the gift can hearHounds and horn and tally ho,And the ...

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Lady Fair by Francis Ledwidge

Lady Fair by Francis Ledwidge

Lady fair, have we not metIn our lives elsewhere ?Darkling in my mind to-nightFaint fair faces dareMemory's old unfaithfulnessTo what was true and fair.Long of memory is ...

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Dawn by Francis Ledwidge

Dawn by Francis Ledwidge

Quiet miles of golden sky,And in my heart a sudden flower.I want to clap my hands and cryFor Beauty in her secret bower.Quiet golden miles of dawn—Smiling all the East along ;And ...

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Pan by Francis Ledwidge

Pan by Francis Ledwidge

He knows the safe ways and unsafeAnd he will lead the lambs to fold,Gathering them with his merry pipe,The gentle and the overbold.He counts them over one by one,And leads them ...

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After Court Martial by Francis Ledwidge

After Court Martial by Francis Ledwidge

My mind is not my mind, thereforeI take no heed of what men say,I lived ten thousand years beforeGod cursed the town of Nineveh.The Present is a dream I seeOf horror and loud ...

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In France by Francis Ledwidge

In France by Francis Ledwidge

THE silence of maternal hills Is round me in my evening dreams; And round me music-making rills And mingling waves of pastoral streams.Whatever way I turn I find The path is old ...

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The Shadow People by Francis Ledwidge

The Shadow People by Francis Ledwidge

Old lame Bridget doesn't hearFairy music in the grassWhen the gloaming's on the mereAnd the shadow people pass:Never hears their slow grey feetComing from the village streetJust ...

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Spring And Autumn by Francis Ledwidge

Spring And Autumn by Francis Ledwidge

Green ripples singing down the corn, With blossoms dumb the path I tread,And in the music of the mornOne with wild roses on her head.Now the green ripples turn to goldAnd all the ...

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Old Clo by Francis Ledwidge

Old Clo by Francis Ledwidge

I was just coming in from the garden,Or about to go fishing for eels,And, smiling, I asked you to pardonMy boots very low at the heels.And I thought that you never would go,As you ...

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At Currabwee by Francis Ledwidge

At Currabwee by Francis Ledwidge

Every night at CurrabweeLittle men with leather hatsMend the boots of FaeryFrom the tough wings of the bats.So my mother told to me,And she is wise you will agree. .Louder than a ...

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Thoughts At The Trysting Stile by Francis Ledwidge

Thoughts At The Trysting Stile by Francis Ledwidge

Come, May, and hang a white flag on each thorn,Make truce with earth and heaven; the April childNow hides her sulky face deep in the mornOf your new flowers by the water wildAnd ...

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The Sylph by Francis Ledwidge

The Sylph by Francis Ledwidge

I saw you and I named a flowerThat lights with blue a woodland space,I named a bird of the red hourAnd a hidden fairy place.And then I saw you not, and knewDead leaves were ...

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Aarstiderne by Francis Ledwidge

Aarstiderne by Francis Ledwidge

Du aldrig vil elske? Til Stella jeg taled,en Morgen i Vaar, da jeg hos hende sad,mens Solen steeg over H?kken og maledmed Purpur i Duggen hvert skielvende Blad.Nei, svared hun, ...

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Youth by Francis Ledwidge

Youth by Francis Ledwidge

She paved the way with perfume sweetOf flowers that moved like winds alight,And never weary grew my feetWandering through[the spring's delight.She dropped her sweet fife to her ...

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The Dead Kings by Francis Ledwidge

The Dead Kings by Francis Ledwidge

All the dead kings came to meAt Rosnaree, where I was dreaming.A few stars glimmered through the morn,And down the thorn the dews were streaming.And every dead king had a storyOf ...

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The Find by Francis Ledwidge

The Find by Francis Ledwidge

I took a reed and blew a tune,And sweet it was and very clearTo be about a little thingThat only few hold dear.Three times the cuckoo named himself,But nothing heard him on the ...

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The Call To Ireland by Francis Ledwidge

The Call To Ireland by Francis Ledwidge

We have fought so much for the nationIn the tents we helped to divide; Shall the cause of our common fathersOn our earthstones lie denied? For the price of a field we have ...

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June by Francis Ledwidge

June by Francis Ledwidge

Broom out the floor now, lay the fender by, And plant this bee-sucked bough of woodbine there, And let the window down. The butterflyFloats in upon the sunbeam, and the ...

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The Lanawn Shee by Francis Ledwidge

The Lanawn Shee by Francis Ledwidge

Powdered and perfumed the full beeWinged heavily across the clover,And where the hills were dim with dew,Purple and blue the west leaned over.A willow spray dipped in the ...

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In A Cafe by Francis Ledwidge

In A Cafe by Francis Ledwidge

Kiss the maid and pass her round,Lips like hers were made for many.Our loves are far from us to-night,But these red lips are sweet as any.Let no empty glass be seenAloof from our ...

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To One Who Comes Now And Then by Francis Ledwidge

To One Who Comes Now And Then by Francis Ledwidge

When you come in, it seems a brighter fireCrackles upon the hearth invitingly,The household routine which was wont to tire ,Grows full of novelty.You sit upon our home-upholstered ...

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To A Sparrow by Francis Ledwidge

To A Sparrow by Francis Ledwidge

Because you have no fear to mingleWings with those of greater part,So like me, with song I singleYour sweet impudence of heart.And when prouder feathers go whereSummer holds her ...

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