Douglas Hyde

Castlerea / County Roscommon
Douglas Hyde
Castlerea / County Roscommon

I Shall Not Die For Thee

Rating: 2.9
FOR thee, I shall not die,
Woman of high fame and name;
Foolish men thou mayest slay
I and they are not the same.

Why should I expire
For the fire of an eye,
Slender waist or swan-like limb,
Is't for them that I should die?

The round breasts, the fresh skin,
Cheeks crimson, hair so long and rich;
Indeed, indeed, I shall not die,
Please God, not I, for any such.

The golden hair, the forehead thin,
The chaste mien, the gracious ease,
The rounded heel, the languid tone,—
Fools alone find death from these.

Thy sharp wit, thy perfect calm,
Thy thin palm like foam o' the sea;
Thy white neck, thy blue eye,
I shall not die for thee.

Woman, graceful as the swan,
A wise man did nurture me.
Little palm, white neck, bright eye,
I shall not die for ye.
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COMMENTS
mabrouk 16 July 2019
the poem refuses to associate love and beauty with death, only fools do so, as sated in the poem. it's also a mockery of the old notion of platonic love whereby, the lover dies for the prson he loves such. ex: romeo and juliet
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Aisha Masha 06 January 2017
This poem shows love but not the sacrifice to die for!
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A nice and awesome poem with lot of expression of love and told the things in straightway and so interesting.
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