Padraic Colum

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

Breffne Caoinc - Poem by Padraic Colum

NOT as a woman of the English weeping over a lord of the
English
Do I weep—
A cry that scarcely stirs the heart!
I lament as it is in my blood to lament—
Castle and stronghold are broken,
And the sovereign of the land beside the lake lies dead
Mahon O'Reilly!
In his day the English were broken:
I weep beside Loch Sheelin and the day is long and grey!


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010



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