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Ledwidge, Francis    Poet's Biography
123 poems available by this author


A DREAM DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Maeve held a ball on the dun
Last Line: My hand in that beautiful hand.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Dreams; Nightmares


A DREAM OF ARTEMIS    Poem Text    
First Line: There was soft beauty on the linnet's tongue
Last Line: "I hear the rolling chariot of mars!"
Subject(s): Artemis; Mars (God); Mythology; Mythology - Classical


A FAIRY HUNT    Poem Text    
First Line: Who would hear the fairy horn
Last Line: In the dusty tree to hear.
Subject(s): Fairies; Elves


A FEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: I roamed the woods today and seemed to hear
Last Line: "you died long since, and all this thing is hell!"
Subject(s): Dante Alighieri (1265-1321); Death; Fear; Dead, The


A LITTLE BOY IN THE MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: He will not come, and still I wait
Last Line: Barefooted in the shining grass?
Subject(s): Morning


A MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Low sounds of night that drip upon the ear
Last Line: Hammer in mine a never easy bell.
Subject(s): Memory


A MOTHER'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Little ships of whitest pearl
Last Line: Whales.
Subject(s): Girls; Mothers; Pearls; Sailing & Sailors; Whales; Seamen; Sails


A RAINY DAY IN APRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: When the clouds shake their hyssops, and the rain
Last Line: Giving to me my ditty.
Subject(s): April; Rain


A SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: My heart has flown on wings to you, away
Last Line: A sad life deep below the depth of words.
Subject(s): Love; Peasantry; Poverty


A SONG OF APRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: The censer of the eglantine was moved
Last Line: And ground winds rocking in the lily's steeple.
Subject(s): April


A TWILIGHT IN MIDDLE MARCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Within the oak a throb of pigeon wings
Last Line: From little knowledge where great sorrows brood.
Subject(s): Dusk; March (Month)


AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: And in the after silences
Last Line: By monstrous rocks, a lonely soul.
Subject(s): Silence; Soul; Wind


AFTER COURT MARTIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: My mind is not my mind, therefore
Last Line: Not I the king of babylon.
Subject(s): Babylon; Military Justice; World War I; Courts Martial; First World War


AFTER MY LAST SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Where I shall rest when my last song is over
Last Line: You'll sleep here on wan cheeks grown thin and old.
Subject(s): Death; Mortality; Poetry & Poets; World War I; Dead, The; First World War


ALL-HALLOWS EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The dreadful hour is sighing for a moon
Last Line: And two will linger at the tryst alway.
Subject(s): All Saints' Day; All Souls' Day; All Souls' Night; Love; Magic; Rites & Ceremonies; Allhallowmas; Allhallows; All Hallows Night


AN ATTEMPT AT A CITY SUNSET    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a quiet glory in the sky
Last Line: That sigh upon the traffic all day long.
Subject(s): Evening; Muses; Sunset; Twilight


AN OLD DESIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: I searched thro' memory's lumber-room
Last Line: And there are ruins in my fire.
Subject(s): Desire; Earth; Memory; Ruins; World


AN OLD PAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: What old, old pain is this that bleeds anew?
Last Line: And all we learn but shows we know the less
Subject(s): Pain; Prisons & Prisoners; Suffering; Misery; Convicts


AT A POET'S GRAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I leave down this pipe my friend
Last Line: And summer-bells are rung.
Subject(s): Death; Epitaphs; Flowers; Funerals; Graves; Sleep; Dead, The; Burials; Tombs; Tombstones


AT CURRABWEE    Poem Text    
First Line: Every night at currabwee
Last Line: And where the vardar loudly roars?
Subject(s): Dublin, Ireland; Ireland; Irish


AUGUST    Poem Text    
First Line: She'll come at dusky first of day
Last Line: And I will follow her away.
Subject(s): August; Beauty; Love; May (Month); November


AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Now leafy winds are blowing cold
Last Line: Upon another heart in tune.
Subject(s): Autumn; Beauty; Seasons; Fall


AUTUMN EVENING IN SERBIA    Poem Text    
First Line: All the thin shadows
Last Line: And autumn begun.
Subject(s): Serbia; World War I; Servia; First World War


BEFORE THE TEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: You looked as sad as an eclipsed moon
Last Line: So thrust my hand in yours and shook farewell.
Subject(s): Farewell; Pain; Tears; Parting; Suffering; Misery


BEFORE THE WAR OF COOLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: At daybreak maeve rose up from where she prayed
Last Line: And sought her chamber in the dun to weep.
Subject(s): Prophecy & Prophets; Soldiers


BEHIND THE CLOSED EYE    Poem Text    
First Line: I walk the old frequented ways
Last Line: On the city's strife and din.
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


BOUND TO THE MAST    Poem Text    
First Line: When mildly falls the deluge of the grass
Last Line: Bound to the mast of song.
Subject(s): Earth; Heaven; World; Paradise


BY FAUGHAN    Poem Text    
First Line: For hills and woods and streams unsung
Last Line: Between the silence and the wind.
Subject(s): Flowers; Purple (Color); Sea; Sheep; Violets; Wind; Ocean


CEOL SIDHE    Poem Text    
First Line: When may is here, and every morn
Last Line: And all is melody.
Subject(s): Fairies; May (Month); Music & Musicians; Elves


CREWBRAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: White clouds that change and pass
Last Line: That hollows out the graves.
Subject(s): Graves; Tombs; Tombstones


CROCKNAHARNA    Poem Text    
First Line: On the heights of crocknaharna
Last Line: Twenty hundred miles away.
Subject(s): Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Quiet miles of golden sky
Last Line: A little rose-bud of a song.
Subject(s): Beauty; Dawn; Sunrise


DESIRE IN SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: I love the cradle songs the mothers sing
Last Line: And silent changes colour up the hedge.
Subject(s): Spring


EVENING CLOUDS    Poem Text    
First Line: A little flock of clouds go down to rest
Last Line: And still on purley common gooseboys sing.
Subject(s): Brooke, Rupert (1887-1915); Clouds; Poetry & Poets; Soldiers' Writings


EVENING IN ENGLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: From its blue vase the rose of evening drops
Last Line: I and a marsh bird only make a wail.
Subject(s): World War I - Great Britain


EVENING IN FEBRUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: The windy evening drops a grey
Last Line: Before the fall of babylon.
Subject(s): February


EVENING IN MAY    Poem Text    
First Line: There is nought tragic here, tho' night
Last Line: Has all in one short plagiarised rhyme.
Subject(s): Birds; Blackbirds; Love; May (Month); Plagiarism


FAIRIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Maiden-poet, come with me
Last Line: Innocent and overgrown?
Subject(s): Fairies; Mythology - Celtic; Mythology - Gaelic; Mythology - Irish; Elves


FATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lugh made a stir in the air
Last Line: And my pipe yet new.
Subject(s): Fate; Destiny


GOD'S REMEMBRANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: There came a whisper from the night to me
Last Line: Drowned in the lavender of evening sea.
Subject(s): God


GROWING OLD    Poem Text    
First Line: We'll fill a provence bowl and pledge us deep
Last Line: We're growing odd and old, my heart and I.
Subject(s): Aging


HAD I A GOLDEN POUND TO SPEND    Poem Text    


HAD I A GOLDEN POUND TO SPEND       


HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: A burst of sudden wings at dawn
Last Line: That call across the world to me.
Subject(s): Home; Ireland; Rainbows; Summer; World War I; Irish; First World War


IN A CAFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Kiss the maid and pass her round
Last Line: Their hearts at peace, their god above them.
Subject(s): Restaurants; Soldiers; World War I; Cafes; Diners; First World War


IN FRANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The silence of maternal hills
Last Line: And there I wander as I will.
Subject(s): Dreams; France; Nightmares


IN MANCHESTER    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a noise of feet that move in sin
Last Line: Near the peace of lakes when I have ceased to roam.
Subject(s): Manchester, England


IN SEPTEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Still are the meadowlands, and still
Last Line: My lute can never say.
Subject(s): September


IN THE DUSK    Poem Text    
First Line: Day hangs its light between two dusks, my heart
Last Line: Tho' only one should listen how it sings.
Subject(s): Dusk


IN THE MEDITERRANEAN - GOING TO THE WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Lovely wings of gold and green
Last Line: In my heart a newer song.
Subject(s): Mediterranean Sea; World War I; First World War


IN THE SHADOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: The silent music of the flowers
Last Line: Against my name which was a shade.
Subject(s): Books; Flowers; Music & Musicians; Reading


INAMORATA    Poem Text    
First Line: The bees were holding levees in the flowers
Last Line: And keep me happy in your pious prayer.
Subject(s): April; Bees; Insects; Love; Beekeeping; Bugs


IRELAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I called you by sweet names by wood and linn
Last Line: In such a distant clime.
Subject(s): Ireland; Mythology - Celtic; Mythology - Gaelic; Mythology - Irish; Patriotism; Irish


JUNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Broom out the floor now, lay the fender by
Last Line: Will soon blow down the road all roses go.
Subject(s): Spring


LADY FAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Lady fair, have we not met?
Last Line: Have we not met, lady fair?
Subject(s): Beauty; Love; Women


LAMENT FOR THE POETS: 1916    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard the poor old woman say
Last Line: In derry of the little hills.
Variant Title(s): The Blackbirds
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


LOW-MOON LAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I often look when the moon is low
Last Line: For a longing is on me that will not go.
Subject(s): Landscape; Longing; Moon; Sea; Ocean


MAY    Poem Text    
First Line: She leans across an orchard gate somewhere
Last Line: Where she is south of these wild days and drear.
Subject(s): May (Month)


MUSIC ON WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: Where does remembrance weep when we forget?
Last Line: Watches the time, and thinks it wondrous slow.
Subject(s): Death; Mars (God); Music & Musicians; Water; Dead, The


MY MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: God made my mother on an april day
Last Line: This poor bird-hearted singer of a day.
Subject(s): April; Mothers


NOCTURNE    Poem Text    
First Line: The rim of the moon
Last Line: On my grief, astore!
Subject(s): Kisses; Moon


OLD CLO'    Poem Text    
First Line: I was just coming in from the garden
Last Line: "I was nearer the gods when ""old clo'."
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


ON AN OATEN STRAW    Poem Text    
First Line: My harp is out of tune, and so I take
Last Line: Seated with pan upon the mossy weir.
Subject(s): Harps; Music & Musicians; Musical Instruments; Mythology - Classical; Pan (Mythology); Singing & Singers; Lyres; Songs


ON DREAM WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: And so, o'er many a league of sea
Last Line: O soul so often tried!
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


PAN    Poem Text    
First Line: He knows the safe ways and unsafe
Last Line: The very wonder of a tune.
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Pan (Mythology)


SOLILOQUY    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was young I had a care
Last Line: A little grave that has no name.
Subject(s): Soldiers; World War I; First World War


SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The winds are scented with woods after rain
Last Line: And the raindrop shed from the daisy's eye.
Subject(s): Daisies; Flowers; Rain; Smells; Wind; Odors; Aromas; Fragrances


SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing but sweet music wakes
Last Line: My own beloved!
Subject(s): Daisies; Flowers; Rain; Smells; Wind; Odors; Aromas; Fragrances


SONG-TIME IS OVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I will come no more awhile
Last Line: "come,"" and ""come."


SPRING (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Once more the lark with song and speed
Last Line: Safe in my dearest memory.
Subject(s): Spring


SPRING (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dews drip roses on the meadows
Last Line: The wild delights of spring.
Subject(s): Spring


SPRING AND AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Green ripples singing down the corn
Last Line: And full of winter pain.
Subject(s): Corn; Gold; Green (Color); Pain; Winter; Suffering; Misery


SPRING LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw her coming through the flowery grass
Last Line: My last kiss burning on her lovely mouth.
Subject(s): Kisses; Love


THE BROKEN TRYST    Poem Text    
First Line: Dropping words of larks, the sweetest tongue
Last Line: And shall the world now end and the heavens fall?
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


THE COMING POET    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it far to the town?' said the poet
Last Line: Fame at his crumbled head.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; World War I; First World War


THE DEAD KINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: All the dead kings came to me
Last Line: I woke, 'twas day in picardy.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Death; Ireland; World War I; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Dead, The; Irish; First World War


THE DEATH OF AILILL    Poem Text    
First Line: When there was heard no more the war's loud sound,
Last Line: And knew by the cold touch that he was dead.
Subject(s): Death; Love; War; Dead, The


THE DEATH OF LEAG, CUCHULAIN'S CHARIOTEER    Poem Text    
First Line: I only heard the loud ebb on the sand
Last Line: "they come to you with sleep."
Subject(s): Heroism; Ireland; Mythology; Heroes; Heroines; Irish


THE DEATH OF SUALTEM    Poem Text    
First Line: After the brown bull passed from cooley's fields
Last Line: And all about him waves the heavy gorse.
Subject(s): Death; Family Life - Ireland; Love; War; Dead, The


THE DEPARTURE OF PROSERPINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Old mother earth for me already grieves
Last Line: No secret turning leads from the gods' way.
Subject(s): Mythology; Mythology - Classical; Persephone; Proserpine; Proserpina


THE FIND    Poem Text    
First Line: I took a reed and blew a tune
Last Line: Upon a fairy mound.
Subject(s): Birds; Cuckoos; Fairies; Mythology - Irish; Reeds; Elves


THE GARDENER    Poem Text    
First Line: Among the flowers, like flowers, her slow
Last Line: And sees a garden blowing in the fire.
Subject(s): Fire; Gardens & Gardening


THE HERONS    Poem Text    
First Line: As I was climbing ardan mor
Last Line: Nor any waters flow.
Variant Title(s): Ardan Mor
Subject(s): Herons


THE HILLS    Poem Text    
First Line: The hills are crying from the fields to me
Last Line: That strikes the world in admiration mute.
Subject(s): Jason; Pigeons


THE HOMECOMING OF THE SHEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: The sheep are coming home in greece
Last Line: And the climbing moon grows small.
Subject(s): Greece; Sheep; World War I; Greeks; First World War


THE LANAWN SHEE    Poem Text    
First Line: Powdered and perfumed the full bee
Last Line: We two shall move to fairy places.
Subject(s): Bees; Fairies; Happiness; Insects; Ireland; Mythology - Irish; Poppies; Beekeeping; Elves; Joy; Delight; Bugs; Irish


THE LITTLE CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: Hunger points a bony finger
Last Line: With gladness, youth and may.
Subject(s): Children; Hunger; May (Month); Childhood


THE LOST ONES    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere is music from the linnets' bills
Last Line: Crying about the dark for those who died.
Subject(s): Death; World War I; Dead, The; First World War


THE LURE    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw night leave her halos down
Last Line: When south-east winds are blowing low.
Subject(s): Mountains; Nature; Wind; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


THE MAID IN LOW-MOON LAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I know not where she be, and yet
Last Line: But only I sit here and moan.
Subject(s): Grief; Moon; Spring; Sorrow; Sadness


THE PASSING OF CAOILTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Twas just before the truce sang thro' the din
Last Line: And where they went away what man has heard?
Subject(s): Heroism; Mythology - Australian; Mythology - Gaelic; Mythology - Irish; Heroes; Heroines


THE PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Blossoms as old as may I scatter here
Last Line: And, god! To hear the blackbird sing once more.


THE RESURRECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: My true love still is all that's fair
Last Line: Which throws a shadow on my mind.
Subject(s): Flowers; Jesus Christ; Love; Resurrection, The; Trees


THE RUSHES    Poem Text    
First Line: The rushes nod by the river
Last Line: My feet in rhyme with her feet.
Subject(s): Fairies; Feet; Elves


THE SHADOW PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Old lame bridget doesn't hear
Last Line: And with the shadow people be.
Subject(s): Fairies; Elves


THE SHIPS OF ARCADY    Poem Text    
First Line: Thro' the faintest filigree
Last Line: In the misty filigree.
Subject(s): Arcadians; Boats; Moon; Sailing & Sailors; Sea; Water; Arcadia; Seamen; Sails; Ocean


THE SINGER'S MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I brought in these to make her kitchen sweet
Last Line: "her bashful singer and her servant boy."
Subject(s): Babylon; Dublin, Ireland; Fame; Flowers; Parnassus (Mountain), Greece; Sex; Spring; Troy; Reputation


THE SISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw the little quiet town
Last Line: And ships upon the sea?
Subject(s): Boats; Children; Laughter; Sisters; Childhood


THE SORROW OF FINDEBAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do you sorrow, child? There is loud cheer
Last Line: "and that is why it pines and will not break."
Subject(s): Banshees; Graves; Grief; Tombs; Tombstones; Sorrow; Sadness


THE SYLPH    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw you and I named a flower
Last Line: An evening of amethyst.
Subject(s): Beauty; Fairy Tales


THE VISION ON THE BRINK    Poem Text    
First Line: Tonight when you sit in the deep hours alone
Last Line: God is in all our hurry and delay.


THE VISITATION OF PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: I closed the book of verse where sorrow wept
Last Line: Rising see clear the everlasting land.
Subject(s): Death; Depression, Mental; Grief; Keats, John (1795-1821); Love; Poetry & Poets; Dead, The; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress; Sorrow; Sadness


THE WEDDING MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Spread the feast, and let there be
Last Line: And cathleen weeps among her streams.
Subject(s): Marriage; Sex; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE WIFE OF LLEW    Poem Text    
First Line: And gwydion said to math, when it was spring
Last Line: And bore away his wife of birds and flowers.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THOMAS MACDONAGH    Poem Text    
First Line: He shall not hear the bittern cry
Last Line: Lifting her horn in pleasant meads.
Subject(s): Mcdonagh, Thomas (1878-1916)


THOUGHTS AT THE TRYSTING STILE    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, may, and hang a white flag on each thorn
Last Line: Like wind-looped flowers.
Subject(s): Laughter; May (Month); Psyche (Mythology)


THRO' BOGAC BAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I met the silent wandering man
Last Line: Of bogac ban once more I go.


TO A DISTANT ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Through wild by-ways I come to you, my love
Last Line: Strong as the spring is strong.
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


TO A LINNET IN A CAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: When spring is in the fields that stained your wing
Last Line: From worlds of sleeping pain.
Subject(s): Cages; Linnets


TO A SPARROW    Poem Text    
First Line: Because you have no fear to mingle
Last Line: And the snow is on the hill.
Subject(s): Sparrows


TO AN OLD QUILL OF LORD DUNSANY'S    Poem Text    
First Line: Before you leave my hands' abuses!
Last Line: Over the dark rubicon.
Subject(s): Pens & Pencils; Plunkett, Edward [dunsany] (1878-1957)


TO EILISH OF THE FAIR HAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I'd make my heart a harp to play for you
Last Line: Sunlight on other hearts -- ah! How it kills it.
Subject(s): December


TO LORD DUNSANY (ON HIS RETURN FROM EAST AFRICA)    Poem Text    
First Line: For you I knit these lines, and on their ends
Last Line: And where the weeds among the flowers do spring.
Subject(s): Africa; Greetings; Plunkett, Edward [dunsany] (1878-1957)


TO MR. MCG    Poem Text    
First Line: We were all sad and could not weep
Last Line: To any threat'ning fears.
Subject(s): Grief; Happiness; Music & Musicians; Sorrow; Sadness; Joy; Delight


TO MY BEST FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: I love the wet-lipped wind that stirs the hedge
Last Line: Words for the faithful meet, the good and true.
Subject(s): Friendship


TO ONE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: A blackbird singing
Last Line: And the sorrow for me.
Subject(s): Blackbirds; Death; Funerals; Grief; Dead, The; Burials; Sorrow; Sadness


TO ONE WEEPING    Poem Text    
First Line: Maiden, these are sacred tears
Last Line: In my heart at singing time.
Subject(s): Blackbirds; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


TO ONE WHO COMES NOW AND THEN    Poem Text    
First Line: When you come in, it seems a brighter fire
Last Line: Above you smile or frown.
Subject(s): Andalusia, Spain; Change; June


UNA BAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Una bawn, the days are long,
Last Line: Una bawn, and I must bide.
Subject(s): Ireland; Irish


WAITING    Poem Text    
First Line: A strange old woman on the wayside sate
Last Line: Then shook her head and sighed.
Subject(s): Women


WHEN LOVE AND BEAUTY WANDER AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: When love and beauty wander away,
Last Line: Who have known beauty, and spring, and love?
Subject(s): Beauty; Love; Love - Loss Of


WITH FLOWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: These have more language than my song
Last Line: A foolish and an overwise.
Subject(s): Flowers; Gifts & Giving; Love


YOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: She paved the way with perfume sweet
Last Line: She left me to grow old alone.
Subject(s): Love - Age Differences; Love - Complaints; Love - Loss Of