Louise Imogen Guiney

(1861 - 1920 / United States)

Irish Peasant Song

Poem by Louise Imogen Guiney

I try to knead and spin, but my life is low the while.
Oh, I long to be alone, and walk abroad a mile;
Yet if I walk alone, and think of naught at all,
Why from me that's young should the wild tears fall?

The shower-sodden earth, the earth-colored streams,
They breathe on me awake, and moan to me in dreams,
And yonder ivy fondling the broke castle-wall,
It pulls upon my heart till the wild tears fall.

The cabin-door looks down a furze-lighted hill,
And far as Leighlin Cross the fields are green and still;
But once I hear the blackbird in Leighlin hedges call,
The foolishness is on me, and the wild tears fall!


Comments about Irish Peasant Song by Louise Imogen Guiney

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (9/20/2019 10:54:00 PM)

    A meaningful Irish Folk song of peasants cherished by the people of that nation.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (9/20/2019 9:33:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem indeed. Loved it. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Prativa DeyPrativa Dey (9/20/2019 3:13:00 AM)

    Nice poem walking alone(Report)Reply

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  • Uche NwanzeUche Nwanze (9/20/2019 2:42:00 AM)

    ' The foolishness is on me, and the wild tears fall!
    A touch of brilliance(Report)Reply

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  • Uche Nwanze (9/20/2019 2:40:00 AM)

    The foolishness is on me, and the wild tears fall!
    A touch of class, , deserving of POD(Report)Reply

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  • Baquee Billah AhmedBaquee Billah Ahmed (9/20/2018 2:58:00 PM)

    Good poem... Thnks for sharing..........(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (9/20/2018 7:45:00 AM)

    Emotionally powerful poem. Enjoyed the flow and rhyming too. thanks for sharing such a beautiful poem.
    'The shower-sodden earth, the earth-colored streams,
    They breathe on me awake, and moan to me in dreams,
    And yonder ivy fondling the broke castle-wall,
    It pulls upon my heart till the wild tears fall.'...is so nice.(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (9/20/2018 4:38:00 AM)

    The emotions so well portrayed by the rhythm and rhyme of this beautiful song/poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Practicing PoetessPracticing Poetess (9/20/2018 2:24:00 AM)

    Only the Irish have that lilt down to an art & science.....
    They can take the most mundane or bleak of circumstances, and weave it into lovely, excellent poetry! Thank you, Ms. Guiney for this!(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (9/20/2018 2:11:00 AM)

    A sad poem nicely executed.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (9/20/2018 2:06:00 AM)

    oh!

    I hear the blackbird in Leighlin hedges call,
    The foolishness is on me, and the wild tears fall!

    /// falling sound everywhere!(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (9/20/2018 1:04:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Louise Imogen Guiney.......................(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003



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