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We have tested and tasted too much, lover-
Through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder.
But here in the Advent-darkened room
Where the dry black bread and the sugarless tea
Of penance will charm back the luxury
Of a child's soul, we'll return to Doom
The knowledge we stole but could not use.

And the newness that was in every stale thing
When we looked at it as children: the spirit-shocking
Wonder in a black slanting Ulster hill
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Liam Doherty 01 December 2020
Classic poem on Advent. I particularly like the lines in the first verse " But here in the Advent-darkened room, where the dry black bread and the sugarless tea of penance will charm back the luxury of a child's sour......"
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Siobhan Loughrey 05 October 2020
Magical . Oh to bering back that magic childhood feeling. Love it.
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Jim Behan 12 December 2011
The word 'please' omitted from the eighth line of final verse. Unfortunate: -(
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Adrian Mullane 14 June 2010
Read this for the 1st time when I at about 15 years old. I've never forgotten it so I suppose it made an impression :) Absolutely one of my favourite poems of all time.
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James Cadden 30 July 2009
Read this poem a lietime and you will never understand the imagery to make the poem come to life you need trodded on the clay and looked oer the hills with unassuming eyes filled with wonder with the awe of a child looking through heaven's gable.
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Roisin Reilly 26 May 2009
Are there any Patrick Kavanagh Poems /Prose on audio books or cds?
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