A Book of Irish Verse by W. B. Yeats

By W. B. Yeats

In 1895 the thirty-year-old W.B. Yeats, already demonstrated as one in every of Ireland's top poets and folklorists, released this awesome selection 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 background. This Routledge Classics version, entire with a specifically commissioned advent via acclaimed author and critic John Banville, is vital interpreting for all who relish solid literature.

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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! How would the troops of Murbach mourn If on the Curlew Mountains’ day, Which England rued, Some Saxon hand had left them lorn, By shedding there, amid the fray, Their prince’s blood!

Thomas Moore AT THE MID HOUR OF NIGHT At the mid hour of night, when stars are weeping, I fly To the lone vale we loved, when life shone warm in thine eye; And I think oft, if spirits can steal from the regions of air To revisit past scenes of delight, thou wilt come to me there, And tell me our love is remembered even in the sky! Then I sing the wild song it once was rapture to hear When our voices, commingling, breathed like one on the ear; And as Echo far off through the vale my sad orison rolls, I think, O my love!

The Bird of all birds that I love the best, Is the Robin that in the churchyard builds his nest; For he seems to watch Kathleen, hops lightly o’er Kathleen, My Kathleen O’More. James Nugent Reynolds THE GROVES OF BLARNEY The groves of Blarney They look so charming Down by the purling Of sweet, silent brooks, Being banked with posies That spontaneous grow there, Planted in order By the sweet rock close. ’Tis there’s the daisy And the sweet carnation, the groves of blarney The blooming pink, And the rose so fair, The daffydowndilly, Likewise the lily, All flowers that scent The sweet, fragrant air.

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