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Short poem

J. M. Synge (1871-1909)

The Curse

To a sister of an enemy of the author's who disapproved of `The Playboy'

              1Lord, confound this surly sister,
              2Blight her brow with blotch and blister,
              3Cramp her larynx, lung, and liver,
              4In her guts a galling give her.
              5Let her live to earn her dinners
              6In Mountjoy with seedy sinners:
              7Lord, this judgment quickly bring,
              8And I'm your servant, J. M. Synge.


6] Mountjoy: prison in Dublin.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: J. M. Synge, Poems and translations (Churchtown, Dundrum: Cuala Press, 1909). del S993 A15 1909 Fisher Rare Book Library.
First publication date: 1909
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/13

Composition date: 1907
Form: couplets

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