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Short poem

Thomas MacDonagh (1878-1916)

(From the Old Irish)

              1I am Eve, great Adam's wife,
              2I that wrought my children's loss,
              3I that wronged Jesus of life,
              4Mine by right had been the cross.

              5I a kingly house forsook,
              6Ill my choice and my disgrace,
              7Ill the counsel that I took
              8Withering me and all my race.

              9I that brought winter in
            10And the windy glistening sky,
            11I that brought sorrow and sin,
            12Hell and pain and terror, I.


1] MacDonagh notes: "An Old-Irish poem of the tenth century. Of its four stanzas I have omitted one which I think worthless" (132).

Online text copyright © 2005, 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: The Poetical Works of Thomas MacDonagh (Dublin: Talbot, 1916): 71. 23697.12.20 Widener Library, Harvard University
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2005
Recent editing: 1:2005/2/26

Rhyme: abab

Other poems by Thomas MacDonagh