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Padraic Colum (1881–1972).  Anthology of Irish Verse.  1922.
 
171. Ideal
 
By Padraic Pearse (Translated by Thomas MacDonagh)
 
 
NAKED I saw thee,
O beauty of beauty!
And I blinded my eyes
For fear I should flinch.
 
I heard thy music,        5
O sweetness of sweetness!
And I shut my ears
For fear I should fail.
 
I kissed thy lips
O sweetness of sweetness!        10
And I hardened my heart
For fear of my ruin.
 
I blinded my eyes
And my ears I shut,
I hardened my heart        15
And my love I quenched.
 
I turned my back
On the dream I had shaped,
And to this road before me
My face I turned.        20
 
I set my face
To the road here before me,
To the work that I see,
To the death that I shall meet.
 

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