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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
Good-Bye
 
Norreys Jephson O’Conor
 
 
GOOD-BYE to tree and tower,
To meadow, stream, and hill,
Beneath the white clouds marshalled close
At the wind’s will.
 
Good-bye to the gay garden,        5
With prim geraniums pied,
And spreading yew trees, old, unchanging
Tho’ men have died.
 
Good-bye to the New Castle,
With granite walls and grey,        10
And rooms where faded greatness still
Lingers to-day.
 
To every friend in Mallow,
When I am gone afar,
These words of ancient Celtic hope,        15
“Peace after war.”
 
I would return to Erin
When all these wars are by,
Live long among her hills before
My last good-bye.        20
 

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