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The Wayfarer (Author: Pádraic H. Pearse)


  1. 1] The beauty of the world hath made me sad,
    2] This beauty that will pass;
    3] Sometimes my heart hath shaken with great joy
    4] To see a leaping squirrel in a tree,
    5] Or a red lady-bird upon a stalk,
    6] Or little rabbits in a field at evening,
    7] Lit by a slanting sun,
    8] Or some green hill where shadows drifted by
    9] Some quiet hill where mountailly man hath sown
    10] And soon would reap; near to the gate of Heaven;
    11] Or children with bare feet upon the sands
    12] Of some ebbed sea, or playing on the streets
    13] Of little towns in Connacht,
    14] Things young and happy.
    15] And then my heart hath told me:
    16] These will pass,
    17] Will pass and change, will die and be no more,
    18] Things bright and green, things young and happy;
    19] And I have gone upon my way
    20] Sorrowful.