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And who can marvel o'er thy grief, Or who can blame thy flowing tears, Who knows their source O'Donnell, Dunnasava's chief, Cut off amid his vernal years, Lies here a corse Beside his brother Cathbar, whofn Tyrconnell of the Helmets mourns In deep despair For valour, truth, and comely bloom, For all that greatens and adorns, A peerless pair. Oh, had these twain, and he, the third, The Lord of Mourne, O'Niall's son (Their mate in death, A prince in look, in deed, and word), Had these three...

Lament For The Princes Of Tyrone And Tyrconnel

Buried in San Pietro Montorio at Rome Addressed to Nuala, the O'Donnell's sister, by Owen Roe mac an Bhaird (or Ward), the family Bard, in 1608-9. mound of clay With sigh and groan, Would God thou wert among the Gael Thou would'st not then from day to day Weep thus alone. 'Twere long before one could find This loneliness Near where Beann-Boirche's banners wave, Such grief as thine could ne'er have pined Beside the wave in Donegal, In Antrim's glens, or fair Dromore, Or Killilee, On Derry's...

Lament Of Morian Shehone For Miss Mary Bourke

There's darkness in thy dwelling-place and silence reigns above, And Mary's voice is heard no more, like the soft voice of love. Yes thou art gone, my Mary dear And Morian Shehone Is left to sing his song of woe, and wail for thee alone. Oh snow-white were thy virtues the beautiful, the young, The old with pleasure bent to hear the music of thy tongue The young with rapture gazed on thee, and their hearts in love were bound, For thou wast brighter than the sun that sheds its light around. My...

The Saltair Na Rann

Provided that I fall (jrst the measure) for my sins, for my transgression, clearly the greater mercy will thy God shew towards thee. Greatly have we offended the King, said he, said Adam, without contempt, O Wife, I will not commit murder on thee, though I be famished, thorgh I be naked. I will not lift my hand upon my own blood, my own flesh how great scever thy crime, it is from my body thou art It is not fitting for us in any way to outrage Him igain so th t the true Prince, O wife, may not...

The Song Of The Seven Archangels

Now, Gabriel, be with my heart On this first day of seven, He, first of the Archangels And Thou, High King of Heaven. Michael be mine, if Monday dawn, Michael I call upon, There is none like thee, Michael, None but Jesu, Mary's Son. And oh if Tuesday sorrow bring, Let Raphael help it forth, One of the seven that hears us weep, Sad women of this earth. And Uriel hear, if Wednesday wake, In his nobility, And heal our wounds and care for us And calm this wind-torn sea. And Sariel, should Thursday...

Ancient Pagan Poems

The Source of Poetic Inspiration (founded on translation by Whitley Stokes) 53 Amorgen's Song (founded on translation by John Greeting to the New-born Babe . . . .61 What is Love 62 Laegh's Description of Fairy-land 65 The Lamentation of Fand when she is about to The Song of the Fairies . . . A. H. Leahy 73 The great Lamentation of Deirdre for the Sons of

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