In The Seven Woods

Being Poems Chiefly of the Irish Heroic Age

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Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,571 / 46 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,518
Added to site: 2009.12.12
mnybks.net#: 26003
Genre: Poetry
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the prow
And waving white wings to and fro
Awaken wanderings of light air
To stir their coverlet and their hair.

And poets found, old writers say,
A yew tree where his body lay,
But a wild apple hid the grass
With its sweet blossom where hers was;
And being in good heart, because
A better time had come again
After the deaths of many men,
And that long fighting at the ford,
They wrote on tablets of thin board,
Made of the apple and the yew,
All the love stories that they knew.

Let rush and bird cry out their fill
Of the harper's daughter if they will,
Beloved, I am not afraid of her
She is not wiser nor lovelier,
And you are more high of heart than she
For all her wanderings over-sea;
But I'd have bird and rush forget
Those other two, for never yet
Has lover lived but longed to wive
Like them that are no more alive.

THE ARROW.

I thought of your beauty and this arrow
Made out

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