Abram Joseph Ryan
Abram Joseph Ryan Poems
- A Laugh -- And A Moan The brook that down the valley So ...
- Better Than Gold Better than grandeur, better than ...
- Old Trees Old trees, old trees! in your mystic gloom There's...
- The Sword Of Robert Lee Forth from its scabbard, pure and ...
- St. Stephen First champion of the Crucified! Who, when the ...
- A Child's Wish Before an Altar I wish I were the little ...
- The Conquered Banner Furl that Banner, for 'tis weary; Round...
Abram Joseph Ryan (February 5, 1838 - April 22, 1886), OSFS, was an American poet, an active proponent of the Confederate States of America, and a Roman Catholic priest. He has been called the "Poet-Priest of the South," and less frequently, the "Poet Laureate of the Confederacy."
Ryan was born on February 5, 1838 in Hagerstown, Maryland, to Irish immigrants Matthew ... more »
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A Laugh -- And A Moan
The brook that down the valley
So musically drips,
Flowed never half so brightly
As the light laugh from her lips.
Her face was like the lily,
Her heart was like the rose,
Her eyes were like a heaven
Where the sunlight always glows.
She trod the earth so lightly
Her feet touched not a thorn;
Her words wore all the brightness
Of a young life's happy morn.
Along her laughter rippled
The melody of joy;
She drank from every chalice,
And tasted no alloy.
Her life was all a laughter,
Her days were all a smile,
Her heart was pure ...