Douglas Hyde

(17 January 1860 - 12 July 1949 / Castlerea / County Roscommon)

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I Am Raferty

I am Raferty the Poet
Full of hope and love,
With eyes that have no light,
With gentleness that has no misery.

Going west upon my pilgrimage
By the light of my heart,
Feeble and tired
To the end of my road.

Behold me now,
And my face to the wall,
A-playing music
Unto empty pockets.

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