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On the Mer-de-Glace

Author: Patrick Augustine Sheehan

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  1. [Details to follow].
    Canon Sheehan on the Internet
  1. Canon P.A. Sheehan, 'On the Mer-de-Glace,' The Irish Monthly, 25/290 (August 1897) 439.
  2. Canon P.A. Sheehan, 'On the Mer-de-Glace,' in Cithara Mea; Poems (Boston 1900) 228.
  1. Herman Joseph Heuser, Canon Sheehan of Doneraile: the story of an Irish parish priest as told chiefly by himself in books, personal memoirs, and letters (New York 1917).
  2. Arthur Coussens. P. A. Sheehan, zijn leven en zijn werken (Brugge/Bruges 1923).
  3. Michael P. Linehan, Canon Sheehan of Doneraile: Priest, Novelist, Man of Letters (Dublin 1952).
  4. James O'Brien (ed.), The Collected Letters of Canon Sheehan of Doneraile, 1883–1913 (Wells 2013).
  5. James O'Brien, Canon Sheehan of Doneraile 1852–1913: Outlines for a Literary Biography (Wells 2013). [Bibliographical references 205-11.]
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. , On the Mer-de-Glace in The Irish Monthly: A Magazine of General Literature, Ed. Matthew Russell SJ. , Dublin, Irish Jesuit Province (August 1897) page 439


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Created: By Patrick Augustine Sheehan (1852–1913) (1897)

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On the Mer-de-Glace: Author: Patrick Augustine Sheehan


  1. Hither God brought His rebel seas to try
    How high His wrath could lash them, unrelieved
    By sinking spaces or by low'ring sky;
    And they, by loftiest altitudes deceived,
    Leaped to his lash as if they fain believed
    They, too, could sweep his skies, and there decry
    His promise, when the smoking altars heaved
    And sullen waters left the mountains dry.
  2. But He, resenting such Titanic pride.
    Transfixed them in columnar ice and stone,
    Leaving vast valleys in their solitude.
    There till the scythes of the last lava tide
    Shall level all things, all proud things dethrone.
    The spirits of those Stylites dream and brood.