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Padraic Colum (1881–1972).  Anthology of Irish Verse.  1922.
81. Muckish Mountain (The Pig’s Back)
By Shane Leslie
LIKE a sleeping swine upon the skyline,
Muckish, thou art shadowed out,
Grubbing up the rubble of the ages
With your broken, granite snout.
Muckish, greatest pig in Ulster’s oakwoods,        5
Littered out of rock and fire,
Deep you thrust your mottled flanks for cooling
Underneath the peaty mire.
Long before the Gael was young in Ireland,
You were ribbed and old and grey,        10
Muckish, you have long outstayed his staying,
You have seen him swept away.
Muckish, you will not forget the people
Of the laughing speech and eye,
They who gave you name of Pig-back-mountain        15
And the Heavens for a sty!


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