The National Bard Of Ireland
The poet who penned Dark Rosaleen is scarce spoken of today
He never left his home Country and and there his bones now lay
The National Bard of Ireland some have been known to say
And yet his flowering genius did seem quick to decay.
Without leaving descendants for to carry on his line
At forty six years of age he died of consumption in eighteen forty nine
Some sixteen years or thereabouts before the birth of Yeats
Their lifestyles were so different they could never have been mates.
He translated from poets of other languages as well as penning his own poems and rhymes