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Padraic Colum (1881–1972).  Anthology of Irish Verse.  1922.
 
122. Lament for Thomas MacDonagh
 
By Francis Ledwidge
 
 
HE SHALL not hear the bittern cry
  In the wild sky, where he is lain,
Nor voices of the sweeter birds,
Above the wailing of the rain.
 
Nor shall he know when loud March blows        5
Thro’ slanting snows her fanfare shrill,
Blowing to flame the golden cup
Of many an upset daffodil.
 
But when the Dark Cow leaves the moor,
And pastures poor with greedy weeds,        10
Perhaps he’ll hear her low at morn,
Lifting her horn in pleasant meads.
 

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