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Thomas MacDonagh (1878-1916)

Eve
(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.

Notes

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


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