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Padraic Colum (1881–1972).  Anthology of Irish Verse.  1922.
 
151. The Doves
 
By Katherine Tynan
 
 
THE house where I was born,
Where I was young and gay,
Grows old amid its corn,
Amid its scented hay.
 
Moan of the cushat dove,        5
In silence rich and deep;
The old head I love
Nods to its quiet sleep.
 
Where once were nine and ten
Now two keep house together;        10
The doves moan and complain
All day in the still weather.
 
What wind, bitter and great,
Has swept the country’s face,
Altered, made desolate        15
The heart-remembered place?
 
What wind, bitter and wild,
Has swept the towering trees
Beneath whose shade a child
Long since gathered heartease?        20
 
Under the golden eaves
The house is still and sad,
As though it grieves and grieves
For many a lass and lad.
 
The cushat doves complain        25
All day in the still weather;
Where once were nine or ten
But two keep house together.
 

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