Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes. Ireland: Vol. V. 187679.
Aubrey Thomas de Vere (18141902)
The inexplicable disaster at Kinsale, when, after their marvellous winter march, the two great Northern chiefs of Tirconnell and Tirone had succeeded in relieving their Spanish allies there, was one of those events upon which the history of a nation turns.
WHAT man can stand amid a place of tombs,
Nor yearn to that poor vanquished dust beneath?
Above a nations grave no violet blooms;
A vanquished nation lies in endless death.
T is past: the dark is dense with ghost and vision!