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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
 
II. Parting and Absence
Thinkin’ Long
Anna MacManus (Ethna Carbery) (1866–1902)
 
OH thinkin’ long ’s the weary work!
It breaks my heart from dawn
Till all the wee, wee, friendly stars
Come out at dayli’gone.
An’ thinkin’ long ’s the weary work,        5
When I must spin and spin,
To drive the fearsome fancies out,
An’ hold the hopeful in!
 
Ah, sure my lad is far away!
My lad who left our glen        10
When from the soul of Ireland came
A call for fightin’ men;
I miss his gray eyes glancin’ bright,
I miss his liltin’ song,
And that is why, the lonesome day,        15
I ’m always thinkin’ long.
 
May God’s kind angels guard him
When the fray is fierce and grim,
And blunt the point of every sword
That turns its hate on him,        20
Where round the torn yet dear green flag
The brave and lovin’ throng—
But the lasses of Glenwherry smile
At me for thinkin’ long.
 
 
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