Studies In Folk-song And Popular Poetry

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150                     CELTIC POETRY.
soul of meaning, which appeals to the heart as well as the outward form to the eye, are depicted with remarkable power, and make a living element in which the figures move. Almost every page has a touch of this skill, and every aspect of field and sea and sky is enlivened. As fine a specimen as any is this picture of an autumn champaign from a hill­top in Leinster: —
Such as one Beholds, and thankful-hearted he, who casts abroad his gaze O'er some rich tillage country-side, when mellow autumn
days Gild all the sheafy food-full stooks, and, broad before him
spread,— He looking landward from the prow of some great sea-cape's
head Bray or Ben-Edar — sees beneath in silent pageant grand Slow fields of sunshine spread o'er fields of rich, corn-bearing
land ; Red glebe and meadow-margin green commingling to the
view, With yellow stubble, browning woods, and upland tracts of
blue; — Then, sated with the pomp of fields, turns seaward to the
verge Where, mingling with the murmuring wash made by the
far-down surge, Comes up the clangorous song of birds unseen, that, low be­neath Poised off the rock, fly underfoot, and, mid the blossoming
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