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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Ireland: Vol. V.  1876–79.
 
Introductory
Fairest! Put on Awhile
Thomas Moore (1779–1852)
 
FAIREST! put on awhile
  These pinions of light I bring thee,
And o’er thy own green isle
  In fancy let me wing thee.
Never did Ariel’s plume        5
  At golden sunset hover
O’er scenes so full of bloom
  As I shall waft thee over.
 
Fields where the Spring delays,
  And fearlessly meets the ardor        10
Of the warm Summer’s gaze,
  With only tears to guard her.
Rocks through myrtle boughs
  In grace majestic frowning,
Like some bold warrior’s brows        15
  That Love hath just been crowning.
 
Islets so freshly fair
  That never hath bird come nigh them,
But from his course through air
  He hath been won down by them,—        20
Types, sweet maid, of thee,
  Whose look, whose blush inviting,
Never did Love yet see
  From heaven, without alighting.
 
Lakes where the pearl lies hid,        25
  And caves where the gem is sleeping,
Bright as the tears thy lid
  Lets fall in lonely weeping.
Glens where Ocean comes,
  To ’scape the wild wind’s rancor,        30
And harbors, worthiest homes
  Where Freedom’s fleet can anchor.
 
Then, if, while scenes so grand,
  So beautiful, shine before thee,
Pride for thy own dear land        35
  Should haply be stealing o’er thee,
O, let grief come first,
  O’er pride itself victorious,—
Thinking how man hath curst
  What Heaven had made so glorious!        40
 
 
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