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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Padraic Colum. 1881–
 
120. An Old Woman of the Roads
 
O, TO have a little house! 
To own the hearth and stool and all! 
The heaped up sods upon the fire, 
The pile of turf against the wall! 
  
To have a clock with weights and chains         5
And pendulum swinging up and down! 
A dresser filled with shining delph, 
Speckled and white and blue and brown! 
  
I could be busy all the day 
Clearing and sweeping hearth and floor,  10
And fixing on their shelf again 
My white and blue and speckled store! 
  
I could be quiet there at night 
Beside the fire and by myself, 
Sure of a bed and loth to leave  15
The ticking clock and the shining delph! 
  
Och! but I'm weary of mist and dark, 
And roads where there's never a house nor bush, 
And tired I am of bog and road, 
And the crying wind and the lonesome hush!  20
  
And I am praying to God on high, 
And I am praying Him night and day, 
For a little house—a house of my own— 
Out of the wind's and the rain's way. 
 
 
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