2] braes: riverside hillside.
7] An allusion to Keats' "Ode to a Nightingale":
Perhaps the self-same song that found a path
Through the sad heart of Ruth, when, sick for home,
She stood in tears amid the alien corn.
23] According to Dunsany, p. 18, Ledwidge heard the blackbird sing "walking at evening through the village of Slane in summer" (18).
24] the piper of Hamelin: cf. Robert Browning's poem, "The Pied Piper of Hamelin: a Child's Story."
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Original text: The Complete Poems of Francis Ledwidge, intro. by Lord Dunsany (London: Herbert Jenkins, 1919): 29-30. British Library 011649.g.88
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2001
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/21
Rhyme: aaab cccb ddde fffe ...
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