The Green Helmet and Other Poems

Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,823 / 29 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 97.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,555
Added to site: 2009.11.17
mnybks.net#: 25828
Genre: Poetry
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and pulled her as was right; And she makes light of us though our wives do all that they can. She spreads her tail like a peacock and praises none but her man.

CONALL

A man in a long green cloak that covers him up to the chin Comes down through the rocks and hazels.

LAEGAIRE

Cry out that he cannot come in.

CONALL

He must look for his dinner elsewhere, for no one alive shall stop Where a shame must alight on us two before the dawn is up.

LAEGAIRE

No man on the ridge of the world must ever know that but us two.

CONALL

[Outside door]

Go away, go away, go away.

YOUNG MAN

[Outside door]

I will go when the night is through And I have eaten and slept and drunk to my heart's delight.

CONALL

A law has been made that none shall sleep in this house to-night.

YOUNG MAN

Who made that law?

CONALL

We made it, and who has so good a right? Who else has to keep the house

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