By W. B. Yeats
In 1895 the thirty-year-old W.B. Yeats, already proven as one in every of Ireland's top poets and folklorists, released this remarkable choice 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 variation, whole with a particularly commissioned creation by means of acclaimed author and critic John Banville, is vital examining for all who get pleasure from reliable literature.
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Such walls surround her That no nine-pounder Could dare to plunder Her place of strength; But Oliver Cromwell Her he did pommell, And made a breach In her battlement. There’s gravel walks there For speculation And conversation In sweet solitude. ’Tis there the lover May hear the dove, or The gentle plover In the afternoon; And if a lady Would be so engaging 5 6 richard alfred milliken As to walk alone in Those shady bowers, ’Tis there the courtier He may transport her Into some fort, or All under ground.
Oliver Goldsmith THE VILLAGE PREACHER From the ‘Deserted Village’ Near yonder copse, where once the garden smil’d, And still where many a garden ﬂower grows wild; There, where a few torn shrubs the place disclose, The village Preacher’s modest mansion rose. A man he was to all the country dear, And passing rich with forty pounds a year; Remote from towns he ran his godly race, Nor e’er had changed, nor wish’d to change, his place Unpractis’d he to fawn, or seek for power, By doctrines fashion’d to the varying hour; 2 oliver goldsmith Far other aims his heart had learn’d to prize, More skill’d to raise the wretched than to rise.
29 30 james clarence mangan The brave sons of the Lord of Clare, they left the land to mourning; Mavrone! for they were banished, with no hope of their returning— Who knows in what abodes of want those youths were driven to house? Yet you can give yourself these airs, O Woman of Three Cows! O, think of Donnel of the Ships, the Chief whom nothing daunted— See how he fell in distant Spain, unchronicled, unchanted! He sleeps, the great O’Sullivan, where thunder cannot rouse— Then ask yourself, should you be proud, good Woman of Three Cows?
A Book of Irish Verse by W. B. Yeats