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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Ireland: Vol. V.  1876–79.
The Three Woes
Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)
THAT angel whose charge is Eire sang thus, o’er the dark isle winging;
  By a virgin his song was heard at a tempest’s ruinous close:
“Three golden ages God gave while your tender green blade was springing;
  Faith’s earliest harvest is reaped. To-day God sends you three Woes.
“For ages three without laws ye shall flee as beasts in the forest;        5
  For an age and a half-age faith shall bring not peace, but a sword;
Then laws shall rend you, like eagles sharp-fanged, of your scourges the sorest:
  When these three woes are past, look up, for your hope is restored.
“The times of your woe shall be twice the time of your foregone glory;
  But fourfold at last shall lie the grain on your granary floor.”        10
The seas in vapor shall fleet, and in ashes the mountains hoary:
  Let God do that which he wills. Let his servants endure and adore!

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