A Lament

O well for him who lives at ease With garnered gold in wide domain, Nor heeds the splashing of the rain, The crashing down of forest trees. - O well for him who ne'er hath known The travail of the hungry years, A father grey with grief and tears, A mother weeping...

By Oscar Wilde
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12 December

Bessie Bobtail

As down the street she wambled slow, She had not got a place to go: She had not got a place to fall And rest herself—no place at all. She stumped along and wagged her pate And said a thing was desperate. Her face was screwed and wrinkled tight Just like a...

By James Stephens
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11 November

O Love

O Love builds on the azure sea, And Love builds on the golden sand, And Love builds on the rose-winged cloud, And sometimes Love builds on the land! O if Love build on sparkling sea, And if Love build on golden strand, And if Love build on rosy cloud, To Love these...

By Isabella Valancy Crawford
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11 October

After Aughrim

She said, “They gave me of their best, They lived, they gave their lives for me; I tossed them to the howling waste, And flung them to the foaming sea.” She said, “I never gave them aught, Not mine the power,...

By Emily Lawless
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10 October

Never Despair

"These lines were sent to me by William Smith O’Brien, the evening of Monday, October 8, 1848, the day on which sentence of death was passed upon him." -THOMAS FRANCIS MEAGHER (October 12, 1848) Never despair! Let the feeble in spirit Bow like the willow that stoops...

By William Smith O’Brien
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03 September

Undeveloped Lives

Not every thought can find its words, Not all within is known; For minds and hearts have many chords That never yield their tone. Tastes, instincts, feelings, passions, powers, Sleep there, unfelt, unseen; And other lives lie hid in ours— The lives that might have been; Affections whose transforming force Could mould the heart...

By William Edward Hartpole Lecky
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13 August

Different Minds

Some murmur when their sky is clear And wholly bright to view, If one small speck of dark appear In their great heaven of blue; And some with thankful love are filled If but one streak of light, One ray of God’s good mercy, gild The darkness of their night. In palaces are...

By Richard Chenevix Trench
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07 July

The Waste Places

As a naked man I go Through the desert sore afraid, Holding up my head although I’m as frightened as a maid. The couching lion there I saw From barren rocks lift up his eye; He parts the cactus with his paw, He stares at me as I go by. He would follow...

By James Stephens
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07 May

The Meeting

AS I went up and he came down, my little six-year boy, Upon the stairs we met and kissed, I and my tender Joy. Oh! fond and true, as lovers do, we kissed and clasped and parted; And I went up and he went down, refreshed and happy-hearted. What...

By Katharine Tynan Hinkson
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25 January