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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Ireland: Vol. V.  1876–79.
 
Baltard
Nemesis
Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)
 
I DREAMED. Great bells around me pealed;
  The world in that sad chime was drowned;
Sharp cries as from a battle-field
  Were strangled in the wondrous sound:
Had all the kings of earth lain dead,        5
Had nations borne them lapped in lead
To torch-lit vaults with plume and pall,
Such bells had served for funeral.
 
’T was fantasy’s dark work! I slept
  Where black Baltard o’erlooks the deep;        10
Plunging all night the billows kept
  Their ghostly vigil round my sleep.
But I had fed on tragic lore
That day,—your annals, “Masters Four!”
And every moan of wind and sea        15
Was as a funeral chime to me.
 
 
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