A Book of Irish Verse by W. B. Yeats

By W. B. Yeats

In 1895 the thirty-year-old W.B. Yeats, already confirmed as certainly one of Ireland's top poets and folklorists, released this impressive number of Irish verse as a part of his crusade to set up a convention of Irish poetry healthy for the sunrise of a brand new age in Ireland's heritage. This Routledge Classics version, whole with a specifically commissioned advent via acclaimed author and critic John Banville, is key analyzing for all who have fun with sturdy literature.

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If on the day a sterner fate Compelled his flight from Athenree, His blood had flowed, What numbers all disconsolate, Would come unasked, and share with thee Affliction’s load! If Derry’s crimson field had seen His life-blood offered up, though ’twere On Victory’s shrine, A thousand cries would swell the keen, A thousand voices of despair Would echo thine. O, had the fierce Dalcassian swarm That bloody night on Fergus’ banks But slain our chief, When rose his camp in wild alarm— How would the triumph of his ranks Be dashed with grief!

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? Since you did show the way, Soggarth aroon, Their slave no more to be, While they would work with me Old Ireland’s slavery, Soggarth aroon. Why not her poorest man, Soggarth aroon, Try and do all he can, Soggarth aroon, Her commands to fulfil Of his own heart and will, Side by side with you still Soggarth aroon?

Are gone, Who lived for Erin’s weal, but died For Erin’s woe; Ah! could the men of Ireland read The names these noteless burial-stones Display to view, Their wounded hearts afresh would bleed, Their tears gush forth again, their groans Resound anew! The youths whose relics moulder here Were sprung from Hugh, high Prince and Lord Of Aileach’s lands; Thy noble brothers, justly dear, Thy nephew, long to be deplored By Ulster’s bands. Theirs were not souls wherein dull Time Could domicile Decay or house Decrepitude!

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