Padraic Colum

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

A Mountaineer - Poem by Padraic Colum

ERE Beowulf's song
Was heard from the ships,
Ere Roland had set
The horn to his lips:

In Ogham strokes
A name was writ:
That name his name
Lives in yet.

The strokes on the edge
Of the stone might count
The acres he has
On this bare mount;

But he remembers
The pillar-stone,
And knows that he is
Of the seed of Eoin.


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010



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