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Padraic Colum (1881–1972).  Anthology of Irish Verse.  1922.
 
142. I Am Raferty
 
By Douglas Hyde (Translated)
 
 
I AM Raferty the Poet
  Full of hope and love,
With eyes that have no light,
  With gentleness that has no misery.
 
Going west upon my pilgrimage        5
  By the light of my heart,
Feeble and tired
  To the end of my road.
 
Behold me now,
  And my face to the wall,        10
A-playing music
  Unto empty pockets.
 
Raferty, a Connacht peasant poet, while at some festivity, heard someone asking who he was. He was then blind and a fiddler. Turning around he made this perfect utterance. Raftery died in 1835. His poems have been collected, edited and translated by Dr. Douglas Hyde.
 

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