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Mitchelstown Caverns

Author: Gerald Griffin

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    Works by Griffin
  1. For further information, please see Gerald Griffin's Chronology and Bibliography.
    Works about Gerald Griffin
  1. Daniel Griffin, The life of Gerald Griffin, by his brother (London: Maxwell and Co., 1842–1843) 8 vols. Expanded version published in Dublin, 1857.
  2. Karl von Killinger, Gerald Griffin: ein Schriftstellerleben (Stuttgart and Tübingen: J. G. Cotta, 1847).
  3. Henry Giles, Sketches of celebrated Irishmen, Irish character, etc. (New York: P. J. Kenedy, 1869, 1896 printing).
  4. John Power, Gerald Griffin, His Life and Poems: A Biographical and Critical Essay (Dublin: Duffy & Sons 1881).
  5. W. S. Gill, Gerald Griffin, Poet, Novelist, Christian Brother. (Dublin: M.H. Gill & Son, Ltd. [1941]. First published in Dublin, 1940).
  6. M. Moloney, Limerick and Gerald Griffin (1940).
  7. Maire O'Donovan, Gerald Griffin's nieces (1940).
  8. Ethel Mannin, Two studies in integrity: Gerald Griffin and the Rev. Francis Mahony (Father Prout) (London: Jarrolds, 1954).
  9. William MacLysaght and Sigerson Clifford, Death sails the Shannon: the tragic story of the Colleen Bawn: the facts and the fiction. (Tralee: Anvil Books, 1971.) First published in 1953 under the title 'Death Sails the Shannon. The Authentic Story of the Colleen Bawn'. Tralee: The Kerryman Ltd.
  10. John Cronin, 'Gerald Griffin and The Collegians? : a reconsideration', University review, V/1 51–63, (Spring 1968).
  11. John Cronin, Gerald Griffin in London, 1823–1827. Irish Booklore, 1972.
  12. Grace Eckley, "Griffin's Irish Tragedy, The Collegians, and Dreiser's American Tragedy", Éire–Ireland 19/1 (1977).
  13. John Cronin, Gerald Griffin (1803–1840): A Critical Biography (Cambridge University Press 1978). [With bibliographic information].
  14. Robert Davis, Gerald Griffin (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1980).
  15. John Cronin, 'Gerald Griffin, The Collegians', in: The Anglo-Irish Novel: The Nineteenth Century [Vol. I] (Belfast: Appletree Press 1980) 59–82.
  16. Judy Gleeson, Pre-Famine Ireland in the Works of John Griffin (1981).
  17. John Cronin, 'The Creative Dilemma of Gerald Griffin', in: Talamh an Éisc: Canadian and Irish Essays, ed. Cyril J. Byrne & Margaret Harry (Halifax: Nimbus 1986) 105–118.
  18. Barry Sloan, 'Early Tales by the Banims and Gerald Griffin (1825–1830)', in: The Pioneers of Anglo-Irish Fiction, 1800–1850 (Irish Lit. Studies 21) (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe; New Jersey: Barnes & Noble 1986) 51–73.
  19. Barry Sloan, 'Lady Morgan's Departure and Griffin's Major Works (1825–1830)', in: The Pioneers of Anglo-Irish Fiction, 1800–1850 (Irish Lit. Studies 21) (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe; New Jersey: Barnes & Noble 1986) 109–136.
  20. Julian Moynahan, 'Gerald Griffin and Charles Dickens', in: Literary Interrelations: Ireland, England, and the World, edited by Wolfgang Zach and Heinz Kosok, vol. II: Comparison and Impact (Tübingen: Günter Narr Verlag, 1987) 173–180.
  21. Michel Flot, 'Gerald Griffin', in: The Big House in Ireland, ed. Jacqueline Genet (Dingle: Brandon; New York: Barnes & Noble 1991) 91–102.
  22. Benedict Kiely, 'The Two Masks of Gerald Griffin', in: A Raid into Dark Corners and Other Essays (Cork Univerity Press 1999) 203–214 [first publ. 1972].
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Gerald Griffin Mitchelstown Caverns in , Ed. [unknown] Poems and Plays: The poetical and dramatic works of Gerald Griffin. James Duffy, Dublin, ([1895]) page 134


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Created: By Gerald Griffin (1803–1840). Date range: 1830s?.

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Language: [EN] The poem is in English.

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Mitchelstown Caverns: Author: Gerald Griffin


  1. Grimly it frown'd when first with shuddering mind
    We saw the far–famed Cavern's darkling womb,
    And for that vault of silence and of gloom
    Left the fair day and smiling world behind.
    But what bright wonder hail'd our eyes ere long!
    The chrystal well—the sparry curtaines dome—
    The sparkling shafts that propp'd that cavern'd home,
    And vaults that turn'd the homeliest sounds to song.
    Oh, this, I thought, is sure a symbol plain
    Of that undreaded death, the holy die,
    Stern at the first and withering to the view;
    But past that gate of darkness and of pain,
    What scenes of unimagined rapture lie—
    Rich with elysian wealth and splendour ever new.