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The Fairy Changeling and Other Poems

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Author: Dora Sigerson Shorter (Mrs. Clement Shorter)
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,441 / 41 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 94.5
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 379
Added to site: 2009.10.06 25474
Genre: Poetry

er Rhue of Donegal, (Holy Mary, how slow the dawn!) This is the hour of your loss or gain: Is go d-tigheadh do, mhuirnin slan! {21}

Banagher Rhue, but the hour was ill (O Mary Mother, how high the price!) When you swore you'd game with Death himself; Aye, and win with the devil's dice.

Banagher Rhue, you must play with Death, (Mary, watch with him till the light!) Through the dark hours, for the words you said, All this strange and noisy night.

Banagher Rhue, you are pale and cold; (How the demons laugh through the air!) The anguish beads on your frowning brow; Mary set on your lips a prayer!

Banagher Rhue, you have won the toss: (Mother, pray for his soul's release!) Shuffle and deal ere the black cock crows, That your spirit may find its peace.

Banagher Rhue, you have played a king; (How strange a light on your fingers fall!) A voice, "I was cold, and he sheltered me . . . " The trick is gained, but your chance is small.

Banagher Rhue, now an ace i

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2 from 1 reviews: **
C. Alan Loewen

Dora Sigerson (1866 - 1918) was an Irish poet, who after her marriage in 1895 wrote under the name Dora Sigerson Shorter.

The Fairy Changeling and Other Poems is, in this reviewer’s opinion, a mixed bag of talent and subjects. Being her second published book of poetry, with her acquired fame, her talent most likely does not shine as brightly in this collection which is the second of her first published poetry collections.

When Sigerson uses her skills to tell a story, especially when she addresses in poetry any of the Irish folktales or their themes, her talents are put to good use. However, the poems on love and relationships are so maudlin and so obviously biographical that the reader will wish Sigerson had spent her time with a therapist instead of expressing her misery for the world to share.

However, if you like reading your poetry by moonlight with a box of tissues near at hand, this may just be your five-star book.

Craig Alan Loewen



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