Studies In Folk-song And Popular Poetry

An Extensive Investigation Into The Sources And Inspiration Of National Folk Song

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A cup of bodkin-pencilled clay
Holds Oscar ; mighty heart and limb
One handful now of ashes grey : And she has died for him.
And here, hard by her natal bower On lone Ben-Edar's side we strive
With lifted rock and sign of power To keep her name alive.
That, while from circling year to year, Her Ogham-lettered stone is seen,
The Gael shall say, " Our Fenians here Entombed their loved Aideen.
The Ogham from her pillar stone
In tract of time will wear away; Her name at last be only known
In Ossian's echoed lay.
The long-forgotten lay I sing
May only ages hence revive, (As eagle with a wounded wing
To soar again might strive.)
Imperfect, in an alien speech,
When, wandering here, some child of chance Through pangs of keen delight shall reach
The gift of utterance,
To speak the air, the sky to speak,
The freshness of the hill to tell, When, roaming bare Ben-Edar's peak
And Aideen's briary dell,
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