A Book of Irish Verse by W. B. Yeats

By W. B. Yeats

In 1895 the thirty-year-old W.B. Yeats, already proven as one in all Ireland's prime poets and folklorists, released this notable choice of Irish verse as a part of his crusade to set up a practice of Irish poetry healthy for the sunrise of a brand new age in Ireland's heritage. This Routledge Classics version, entire with a in particular commissioned advent through acclaimed author and critic John Banville, is key interpreting for all who delight in sturdy literature.

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For the peace thou ever bearest, Still heaven’s messenger of comfort to me, Come, this fond bosom, O faithfulest and fairest Bleeds with its death-wound its wound of love for thee! ’ ‘But how could he see the moon, When, you know, the dog is blind? Blind dogs won’t bark at the moon, Nor fiddles be played by the wind. ‘I’m not such a fool as you think, I know very well it is Pat:— Shut your mouth, you whistlin’ thief, And go along home out o’ that! ’ Samuel Lover SOGGARTH AROON Am I the slave they say, Soggarth aroon?

Jeremiah Joseph Callanan DIRGE OF O’SULLIVAN BEAR From the Irish The sun on Ivera No longer shines brightly, The voice of her music No longer is sprightly; 11 12 jeremiah joseph callanan No more to her maidens The light dance is dear, Since the death of our darling O’Sullivan Bear. Scully! thou false one, You basely betrayed him, In his strong hour of need, When thy right hand should aid him; He fed thee—he clad thee— You had all could delight thee: You left him—you sold him— May Heaven requite thee!

For ’tis there’s a cave where No daylight enters, But cats and badgers Are for ever bred; Being mossed by nature, That makes it sweeter Than a coach-and-six or A feather bed. ’Tis there the lake is, Well stored with perches, And comely eels in The verdant mud; Beside the leeches, And groves of beeches, Standing in order For to guard the flood. There’s statues gracing This noble place in— All heathen gods And nymphs so fair; Bold Neptune, Plutarch, And Nicodemus, All standing naked In the open air.

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