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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Massachusetts Poets.  1922.
 
In Memoriam: Francis Ledwidge
 
Norreys Jephson O’Conor
 
 
(Killed in action, July 31, 1917)
 
 
SOLDIER and singer of Erin,
  What may I fashion for thee?
What garland of words or of flowers?
Singer of sunlight and showers,
  The wind on the lea;        5
 
Of clouds, and the houses of Erin,
  Wee cabins, white on the plain,
And bright with the colours of even,
Beauty of earth and of heaven falls
  Outspread beyond Slane!        10
 
Slane, where the Easter of Patrick
  Flamed on the night of the Gael,
Guard both the honor and story
Of him who has died for the glory
  That crowns Innisfail.        15
 
Soldier of right and of freedom,
  I offer thee song and hot tears.
With Brian, and Red Hugh O’Donnell,
The chiefs of Tyrone and Tryconnell,
  Live on through the years!        20
 

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