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Here’s a poem to commemorate St Patrick’s day, by The Countess of Dufferin.

Happy St Patrick’s Day to family and friends 🙂

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The Irish Emigrant

 

I’m sitting on the stile, Mary,

Where we sat, side by side,

That bright May morning long ago

When first you were my bride.

The corn was springing fresh and green,

And the lark sang loud and high,

The red was on your lip, Mary,

The love-light in your eye.

 

The place is little changed, Mary,

The day is bright as then,

The lark’s loud song is in my ear,

The corn is green again;

But I miss the soft clasp of your hand,

Your breath warm on my cheek,

And I still keep list’ning for the words

You never more may speak.

 

‘Tis but a step down yonder lane,

The little Church stands near –

The Church where we were wed, Mary –

I see the spire from here;

But the graveyard lies between, Mary –

My step might break your rest –

Where you, my Darling, lie asleep

With your baby on your breast.

 

I’m very lonely now, Mary –

The poor make no new friends –

But, oh, they love the better still

The few our Father sends.

And you were all I had, Mary,

My blessing and my pride;

There’s nothing left to care for now,

Since my poor Mary died.

 

Yours was the good brave heart, Mary,

That still kept hoping on,

When trust in God had left my soul,

and half my strength was gone.

There was comfort ever on your lip,

And the kind look on your brow.

I bless you Mary, for that same,

Though you can’t hear me now.

 

I thank you for the patient smile

When your heart was fit to break;

When the hunger pain was gnawing there

You hid it for my sake!

I bless you for the pleasant word,

When your heart was sad and sore.

Oh! I’m thankful you are gone, Mary,

Where grief can’t reach you more!

 

I’m bidding you a long farewell,

My Mary – kind and true!

But I’ll not forget you, darling,

In the land I’m going to.

They say there’s bread and work for all,

And the sun shines always there;

But I’ll not forget old Ireland,

Were it fifty times as fair!

 

And when amid those grand old woods

I sit and shut my eyes,

My heart will travel back again

To where my Mary lies;

I’ll think I see the little stile

Where we sat, side by side,

And the springing corn and bright May morn,

When first you were my bride.

 

The Countess of Dufferin (1807 – 1867)

 

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