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Padraic Colum (1881–1972).  Anthology of Irish Verse.  1922.
 
148. Maire My Girl
 
By John Keegan Casey
 
 
OVER the dim blue hills
Strays a wild river,
Over the dim blue hills
Rests my heart ever.
Dearer and brighter than        5
Jewels and pearl,
Dwells she in beauty there,
Maire my girl.
 
Down upon Claris heath
Shines the soft berry,        10
On the brown harvest tree
Droops the red cherry.
Sweeter thy honey lips,
Softer the curl
Straying adown thy cheeks,        15
Maire my girl.
 
’Twas on an April eve
That I first met her;
Many an eve shall pass
Ere I forget her.        20
Since my young heart has been
Wrapped in a whirl,
Thinking and dreaming of
Maire my girl.
 
She is too kind and fond        25
Ever to grieve me,
She has too pure a heart
E’er to deceive me.
Was I Tyrconnell’s chief
Or Desmond’s earl,        30
Life would be dark, wanting
Maire my girl.
 
Over the dim blue hills
Strays a wild river,
Over the dim blue hills        35
Rests my heart ever;
Dearer and brighter than
Jewels or pearl,
Dwells she in beauty there,
Maire my girl.        40
 

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