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THE SHANNON AT FOYNES, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Into the west, where o'er the wide atlantic
Last Line: The mother's breast.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rolleston, T. W.

INTO the West, where o'er the wide Atlantic
The lights of sunset gleam,
From its high sources in the heart of Erinn
Flows the great stream.

Yet back in stormy cloud or viewless vapour
The wandering waters come,
And faithfully across the trackless heaven
Find their old home.

But ah! the tide of life that flows unceasing
Into the luring West
Returns no more, to swell with kindlier fulness
The Mother's breast.

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