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By W. B. Yeats

In 1895 the thirty-year-old W.B. Yeats, already proven as one in every of Ireland's major poets and folklorists, released this notable choice of Irish verse as a part of his crusade to set up a convention of Irish poetry healthy for the sunrise of a brand new age in Ireland's heritage. This Routledge Classics version, whole with a especially commissioned advent through acclaimed author and critic John Banville, is key analyzing for all who delight in stable literature.

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Oliver Goldsmith THE VILLAGE PREACHER From the ‘Deserted Village’ Near yonder copse, where once the garden smil’d, And still where many a garden flower grows wild; There, where a few torn shrubs the place disclose, The village Preacher’s modest mansion rose. A man he was to all the country dear, And passing rich with forty pounds a year; Remote from towns he ran his godly race, Nor e’er had changed, nor wish’d to change, his place Unpractis’d he to fawn, or seek for power, By doctrines fashion’d to the varying hour; 2 oliver goldsmith Far other aims his heart had learn’d to prize, More skill’d to raise the wretched than to rise.

He sleeps, the great O’Sullivan, where thunder cannot rouse— Then ask yourself, should you be proud, good Woman of Three Cows? O’Ruark, Maguire, those souls of fire, whose names are shrined in story— Think how their high achievements once made Erin’s greatest glory— Yet now their bones lie mouldering under weeds and cyprus boughs, And so, for all your pride, will yours, O Woman of Three Cows! Th’ O’Carrols, also, famed when fame was only for the boldest, Rest in forgotten sepulchres with Erin’s best and oldest; Yet who so great as they of yore in battle or carouse?

John Philpot Curran THOU CANST NOT BOAST Thou canst not boast of Fortune’s store, My love, while me they wealthy call: But I was glad to find thee poor, For with my heart I’d give thee all, And then the grateful youth shall own, I loved him for himself alone. But when his worth my hand shall gain, No word or look of mine shall show That I the smallest thought retain Of what my bounty did bestow: Yet still his grateful heart shall own, I loved him for himself alone. Richard Brinsley Sheridan KATHLEEN O’MORE My love, still I think that I see her once more, But, alas!

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