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Padraic Colum (1881–1972).  Anthology of Irish Verse.  1922.
 
104. The Bard on the Bodach
 
(Who has denied him hospitality)
 
By Seumas O'Kelly
 
 
MAY a messenger come from the High Place of God
To bear up your soul to a throne—
But a robber be robbing him on the way back
And your fall be as dead as a stone.
 
May your tables be laden with jewels and gold        5
And your hands be upon it for proof—
When the devil whips in by your beggarly door
To tear your red soul through the roof.
 

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