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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
J. M. Synge. 1871–1909
 
75. Beg-Innish
 
BRING Kateen-beug and Maurya Jude 
To dance in Beg-Innish, 
And when the lads (they're in Dunquin) 
Have sold their crabs and fish, 
Wave fawny shawls and call them in,         5
And call the little girls who spin, 
And seven weavers from Dunquin, 
To dance in Beg-Innish. 
  
I'll play you jigs, and Maurice Kean, 
Where nets are laid to dry,  10
I've silken strings would draw a dance 
From girls are lame or shy; 
Four strings I've brought from Spain and France 
To make your long men skip and prance, 
Till stars look out to see the dance  15
Where nets are laid to dry. 
  
We'll have no priest or peeler in 
To dance in Beg-Innish; 
But we'll have drink from M'riarty Jim 
Rowed round while gannets fish,  20
A keg with porter to the brim, 
That every lad may have his whim, 
Till we up sails with M'riarty Jim 
And sail from Ben-Innish. 
 
 
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