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My Grave

Author: Thomas Osborne Davis

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T. W. Rolleston

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  1. First published in the Nation.
    Other writings by Thomas Davis
  1. Thomas Davis, Essays Literary and Historical, ed. by D. J. O'Donoghue, Dundalk 1914.
  2. Sir Charles Gavan Duffy (ed.), Thomas Davis, the memoirs of an Irish patriot, 1840-1846. 1890. [Reprinted entitled 'Thomas Davis' with an introduction of Brendan Clifford. Millstreet, Aubane Historical Society, 2000.]
  3. Thomas Davis: selections from his prose and poetry. [Edited] with an introduction by T. W. Rolleston. London and Leipzig: T. Fisher Unwin (Every Irishman's Library). 1910. [Published in Dublin by the Talbot press, 1914.]
  4. Thomas Osborne Davis, Literary and historical essays 1846. Reprinted 1998, Washington, DC: Woodstock Books.
  5. Essays of Thomas Davis. New York, Lemma Pub. Corp. 1974, 1914 [Reprint of the 1914 ed. published by W. Tempest, Dundalk, Ireland, under the title 'Essays literary and historical'.]
  6. Thomas Davis: essays and poems, with a centenary memoir, 1845-1945. Dublin, M.H. Gill and Son, 1945. [Foreword by an Taoiseach, Éamon de Valera.]
  7. Angela Clifford, Godless colleges and mixed education in Ireland: extracts from speeches and writings of Thomas Wyse, Daniel O'Connell, Thomas Davis, Charles Gavan Duffy, Frank Hugh O'Donnell and others. Belfast: Athol, 1992.
Thomas Osborne Davis My Grave in , Ed. T. W. Rolleston Thomas Davis: Selections from his prose and poetry. The Talbot Press, Dublin and London, ([1910]) page 367


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My Grave: Author: Thomas Osborne Davis


  1. Shall they bury me in the deep,
    Where wind-forgetting waters sleep?
    Shall they dig a grave for me,
    Under the green-wood tree?
    Or on the wild heath,
    Where the wilder breath
    Of the storm doth blow?
    Oh, no! oh, no!
  2. Shall they bury me in the Palace Tombs,
    Or under the sahde of Cathedral domes?
    Sweet 'twere to lie on Italy's shore;
    Yet not there—nor in Greece, though I love it more,
    In the wolf or the vulture my grave shall I find?
    Shall my ashes career on the world-seeing wind?
    Shall they fling my corpse in the battle mound,
    where coffinless thousands lie under the ground?
    Just as the fall and are buried so—
    Oh, no! oh, no!
  3. No! on an Irish green hill-side,
    On an opening lawn—but not too wide;
    For I love the drip of the wetted trees—
    I love not the gales, but a gentle breeze,
    To freshen the turf—put no tombstone there,
    But green sods, decked with daisies fair;
    Nor sods too deep, but so that the dew,
    The matted grass roots may trickle through.
    Be my epitaph writ on my country's mind,
    ‘He served his country, and loved his kind.’
  4. Oh! 'twere merry unto the grave to go,
    If one were sure to be buried so.