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Padraic Colum

Padraic Colum Poems

1.
Old Woman Of The Roads

O, to have a little house!
To own the hearth and stool and all!
The heaped up sods against the fire,
The pile of turf against the wall!
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2.
An Idyll

You stay for a while beside me with your beauty young and rare,
Though your light limbs are as limber as the foal's that follows the mare;
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3.
A Drover

To Meath of the pastures,
From wet hills by the sea,
Through Leitrim and Longford
Go my cattle and me.
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4.
A Cradle Song

O men from the fields,
Come gently within.
Tread softly, softly
O men coming in!
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5.
She Moved Through The Faire

My young love said to me: My mother won't mind,
And my father won't slight you for your lack of kind.
She put her arms 'round me; these words she did say:
It will not be long, love, 'til our wedding day!
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Alison 31 March 2020

My mother used to talk about my uncle Padraic and his friendship with James Joyce. I grew up believing he was a great writer and have had no reason to change my view now I am older.

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Michael McKernon 24 March 2019

The great Irish poet Padraic Fiacc dedicated a poem to Colm. It was called 'GOODBYE TO COLUM'. Fiacc knew Colm and was much inspired by him in New York during the 1940's. He even took the pen name 'Fiacc' (Dark Bird) , opposite to Colm's, (Dove) , as a tribute to Colm.

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Isaac 03 December 2018

this is like hitler and spongebob had a baby they would come out looking k=like that srry jokes

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Philomena grey 30 August 2018

My great uncle

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Lillian hassall 10 July 2018

I love this gentleman’s poetry thank you

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Padraic Colum Biography

an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer, playwright, children's author and collector of folklore. He was one of the leading figures of the Celtic Revival.

Early life

Colum was born Patrick Collumb in a County Longford workhouse, where his father worked. He was the first of eight children born to Patrick and Susan Collumb. When the fath ...

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