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Why do ye torture me? (Author: Pádraic H. Pearse)


  1. 1] Why are ye torturing me, O desires of my heart ?
    2] Torturing me and paining me by day and by night?
    3] Hunting me as a poor deer would be hunted on a hill,
    4] A poor long-wearied deer with the hound-pack after him
  2. 5] There's no ease to my paining in the loneliness of the hills,
    6] But the cry of the hunters terrifically to be heard,
    7] The cry of my desires haunting me without respite,—
    8] O ravening hounds, long is your run!
  3. 9] No satisfying can come to my desires while I live,
    10] For the satisfaction I desired yesterday is no satisfaction,
    11] And the hound-pack is the greedier of the satisfaction it has got,—
    12] And forever I shall not sleep till I sleep in the grave.