John Todhunter

(30 December 1839 – 25 October 1916 / Dublin)

John Todhunter Poems

1. The Marseillaise 1/3/2003
2. Golgotha 1/3/2003
3. The Black Knight 1/3/2003
4. Aghadoe 1/3/2003
5. A June Day 1/3/2003
6. Maureen 1/3/2003
7. The Banshee 1/3/2003
Best Poem of John Todhunter

The Banshee

Green, in the wizard arms
Of the foam-bearded Atlantic,
An isle of old enchantment,
A melancholy isle,
Enchanted and dreaming lies;
And there, by Shannon's flowing,
In the moonlight, spectre-thin,
The spectre Erin sits.

An aged desolation,
She sits by old Shannon's flowing,
A mother of many children,
Of children exiled and dead,
In her home, with bent head, homeless,
Clasping her knees she sits,
Keening, keening!

And at her keen the fairy-grass
Trembles on dun and barrow;
Around the foot of her ancient crosses
The grave-grass shakes...

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