Joseph Campbell (July 15, 1879 – June 1944) was an Irish poet and lyricist. He wrote as Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoil (also Seosamh MacCathmhaoil), which has been Anglicised to Joseph McCahill on occasion. He is now remembered best for words he supplied to traditional airs, such as My Lagan Love and Gartan Mother's Lullaby; his verse was also set to music ...
As a white candle
In a holy place,
So is the beauty
Of an aged face.
The little fires that Nature lights -
The scilla's lamp, the daffodil -
She quenches, when of stormy nights
Her anger whips the hill.
I am the mountainy singer-
The voice of the peasant's dream,
The cry of the wind on the wooded hill,
The leap of the fish in the stream.
O TO be blind!
To know the darkness that I know.
The stir I hear is empty wind,
The people idly come and go.