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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
Andromeda
By James Jeffrey Roche (1847–1908)
 
[Born in Mountmellick, Queen’s Co., Ireland, 1847. Died in Berne, Switzerland, 1908. From Songs and Satires. 1887.]

THEY chained her fair young body to the cold and cruel stone;
The beast begot of sea and slime had marked her for his own;
The callous world beheld the wrong, and left her there alone.
Base caitiffs who belied her, false kinsmen who denied her,
                Ye left her there alone!        5
 
My Beautiful, they left thee in thy peril and thy pain;
The night that hath no morrow was brooding on the main:
But lo! a light is breaking of hope for thee again;
’Tis Perseus’ sword a-flaming, thy dawn of day proclaiming
                Across the western main.        10
O Ireland! O my country! he comes to break thy chain!
 
 
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