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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
Joseph Campbell (Seosamh MacCathmhaoil). 1881–
121. I Am the Mountainy Singer
I AM the mountainy singer— 
The voice of the peasant's dream, 
The cry of the wind on the wooded hill, 
The leap of the fish in the stream. 
Quiet and love I sing—         5
The carn on the mountain crest, 
The cailin in her lover's arms, 
The child at its mother's breast. 
Beauty and peace I sing— 
The fire on the open hearth,  10
The cailleach spinning at her wheel, 
The plough in the broken earth. 
Travail and pain I sing— 
The bride on the childing bed, 
The dark man laboring at his rhymes,  15
The eye in the lambing shed. 
Sorrow and death I sing— 
The canker come on the corn, 
The fisher lost in the mountain loch, 
The cry at the mouth of morn.  20
No other life I sing, 
For I am sprung of the stock 
That broke the hilly land for bread, 
And built the nest in the rock! 

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