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Padraic Colum (1881–1972).  Anthology of Irish Verse.  1922.
 
99. Righteous Anger
 
By James Stephens (From the Irish of David O’Bruaidar)
 
 
THE lanky hank of a she in the inn over there
Nearly killed me for asking the loan of a glass of beer:
May the devil grip the whey-faced slut by the hair,
And beat bad manners out of her skin for a year.
 
That parboiled imp, with the hardest jaw you will see        5
On virtue’s path, and a voice that would rasp the dead,
Came roaring and raging the minute she looked on me,
And threw me out of the house on the back of my head!
 
If I asked her master he’d give me a cask a day;
But she, with the beer at hand, not a gill would arrange!        10
May she marry a ghost and bear him a kitten, and may
The High King of Glory permit her to get the mange.
 

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