John Boyle O'Reilly (28 June 1844 - 10 August 1890 / Dowth Castle, County Meath)
John Boyle O'Reilly was an Irish-born poet, journalist and fiction writer. As a youth in Ireland, he was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, or Fenians, for which he was transported to Western Australia. After escaping to the United States, he became a prominent spokesperson for the Irish community and culture, through his editorship of the Boston newspaper The Pilot, his prolific writing, and his lecture tours.
O'Reilly was born at Dowth Castle, County Meath, near Drogheda in Ireland at the onset of the Great Irish Famine. Ireland was at that time a part of the United Kingdom, and many Irish people bitterly resented British rule. There was a... more »
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- “From, that fair land and drear land in ...
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- A Builder's Lesson
- A Dead Man
- A Dissapointment
- A Kiss
- A Legend Of The Blesses Virgin
- A Lost Friend
- A Man
- A Message of Peace
- A Nation's Test
- A Passage
- A Savage
- A Seed
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''The red rose whispers of passion,John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890), U.S.-Irish writer. A White Rose (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Co...
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.''
''For the love that is purest and sweetestJohn Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890), U.S.-Irish writer. A White Rose (l. 7-8). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Co...
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.''
''"You gave me the key of your heart, my love;John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890), Irish poet, author. Constancy.
Then why did you make me knock?"
Oh that was yesterday, saints above!
And last nightI changed the lock!''
''The organized charity, scrimped and iced, In the name of a cautious, statistical Christ.''John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890), Irish author. "In Bohemia," st. 5 (1886).