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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Ailleen
By John (1798–1842) and Michael (1796–1874) Banim
 
’TIS not for love of gold I go,
  ’Tis not for love of fame;
Tho’ Fortune should her smile bestow,
  And I may win a name,
                Ailleen,        5
  And I may win a name.
 
And yet it is for gold I go,
  And yet it is for fame,—
That they may deck another brow
  And bless another name,        10
                Ailleen,
  And bless another name.
 
For this, but this, I go—for this
  I lose thy love awhile;
And all the soft and quiet bliss        15
  Of thy young, faithful smile,
                Ailleen,
  Of thy young, faithful smile.
 
And I go to brave a world I hate
  And woo it o’er and o’er,        20
And tempt a wave and try a fate
  Upon a stranger shore,
                Ailleen,
  Upon a stranger shore.
 
Oh! when the gold is wooed and won,        25
  I know a heart will care!
Oh! when the bays are all my own,
  I know a brow shall wear,
                Ailleen,
  I know a brow shall wear.        30
 
And when, with both returned again,
  My native land to see,
I know a smile will meet me there
  And a hand will welcome me,
                Ailleen,        35
  And a hand will welcome me!
 
 
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