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Padraic Colum (1881–1972).  Anthology of Irish Verse.  1922.
 
70. The Others
 
By Seumas O'Sullivan
 
 
FROM our hidden places
  By a secret path,
We come in the moonlight
  To the side of the green rath.
 
There the night through        5
  We take our pleasure,
Dancing to such a measure
  As earth never knew.
 
To song and dance
  And lilt without a name,        10
So sweetly breathed
  ’Twould put a bird to shame.
 
And many a young maiden
  Is there, of mortal birth,
Her young eyes laden        15
  With dreams of earth.
 
And many a youth entranced
  Moves slowly in the wildered round,
His brave lost feet enchanted,
  With the rhythm of faery sound.        20
 
Music so forest wild
  And piercing sweet would bring
Silence on blackbirds singing
  Their best in the ear of spring.
 
And now they pause in their dancing,        25
  And look with troubled eyes,
Earth straying children
  With sudden memory wise.
 
They pause, and their eyes in the moonlight
  With fairy wisdom cold,        30
Grow dim and a thought goes fluttering
  In the hearts no longer old.
 
And then the dream forsakes them,
  And sighing, they turn anew,
As the whispering music takes them,        35
  To the dance of the elfin crew.
 
O many a thrush and a blackbird
  Would fall to the dewy ground,
And pine away in silence
  For envy of such a sound.        40
 
So the night through
  In our sad pleasure,
We dance to many a measure,
  That earth never knew.
 

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