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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
T. W. Rolleston. b. 1857
849. The Dead at Clonmacnois
IN a quiet water'd land, a land of roses, 
      Stands Saint Kieran's city fair; 
And the warriors of Erin in their famous generations 
      Slumber there. 
There beneath the dewy hillside sleep the noblest         5
      Of the clan of Conn, 
Each below his stone with name in branching Ogham 
      And the sacred knot thereon. 
There they laid to rest the seven Kings of Tara, 
      There the sons of Cairbrè sleep—  10
Battle-banners of the Gael that in Kieran's plain of crosses 
      Now their final hosting keep. 
And in Clonmacnois they laid the men of Teffia, 
      And right many a lord of Breagh; 
Deep the sod above Clan Creidè and Clan Conaill,  15
      Kind in hall and fierce in fray. 
Many and many a son of Conn the Hundred-Fighter 
      In the red earth lies at rest; 
Many a blue eye of Clan Colman the turf covers, 
      Many a swan-white breast.  20
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