Padraic Colum

(8 December 1881 – 11 January 1972 / County Longford)

Quotations

  • ''O farmer, strong farmer!
    You can spend at the fair,
    But your face you must turn
    To your crops and your care;''
    Padraic Colum (1881-1972), Irish poet. A Drover (l. 13-16). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''To Meath of the pastures,
    From wet hills by the sea,
    Through Leitrim and Longford,
    Go my cattle and me.''
    Padraic Colum (1881-1972), Irish poet. A Drover (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Oh, to have a little house!
    To own the hearth and stool and all!
    The heaped-up sods upon the fire,
    The pile of turf against the wall!''
    Padraic Colum (1881-1972), Irish poet. An Old Woman of the Roads (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.

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I shall not Die for thee

O woman, shapely as the swan,
On your account I shall not die:
The men you've slain -- a trivial clan --
Were less than I.
I ask me shall I die for these --
For blossom teeth and scarlet lips --
And shall that delicate swan-shape
Bring me eclipse?
Well-shaped the breasts and smooth the skin,

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