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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
From ‘The Wanderings of Oisin’
By William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)
 
“O PLEASANT maiden,” answered Finn,
“We think on Oscar’s pencilled urn,
And on the heroes lying slain
On Garva’s raven-covered plain:
But where are your noble kith and kin        5
And into what country do you ride?”
 
“My father and mother are
Ængus and Edain, and my name
Is Niamh, and my land where tide
And sleep drown sun and moon and star.”        10
 
“What dreams come with you that you come
To this dim shore on foam-wet feet?
Did your companions wander away
From where the birds of Ængus wing?”
 
She said with laughter tender and sweet:        15
“I have not yet, war-weary king,
Been spoken of with any one.
For love of Oisin foam-wet feet
Have borne me where the tempests blind
Your mortal shores till time is done.”        20
 
 
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