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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Irish Fairies
By Joseph Campbell
 
WHEN Eber came to Kerry,
  When Guaire gave his gold,
Then were we young and merry
  Who now are old.
 
The green and the gray places,        5
  Then were they green and gray:
We saw but shining faces
  And open day.
 
We saw but shining faces,
  The sickle moon of night,        10
White queens in royal places,
  And jewels bright.
 
We heard but beauty spoken,
  Red war and passion sung,
Music on harp-strings broken,        15
  When we were young.
 
What is the morning plougher
  To us, whose ancient dream
Is as a fallen flower
  Upon a stream?        20
 
The glen travails with ploughing
  That once was green and still:
The sower follows sowing
  Over the hill.
 
 
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