Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes. Ireland: Vol. V. 187679.
I Wish I Was by That Dim Lake
Thomas Moore (17791852)
These verses are meant to allude to that ancient haunt of superstition, called Patricks Purgatory. In the midst of these gloomy regions of Donegal (says Dr. Campbell) lay a lake, which was to become the mystic theatre of this fabled and intermediate state. In the lake were several islands; but one of them was dignified with that called the Mouth of Purgatory, which, during the Dark Ages, attracted the notice of all Christendom, and was the resort of penitents and pilgrims, from almost every country in Europe.