James Stephens Poems
- Hate My enemy came nigh, And I Stared fiercely in his ...
- In The Poppy Field Mad Patsy said, he said to me, That every...
- The Snare I hear a sudden cry of pain! There is a rabbit in ...
- The Ancient Elf I am the maker, The builder, the ...
- I Heard A Bird At Dawn I heard a bird at dawn Singing ...
- The Lonely God So Eden was deserted, and at eve Into the ...
- The Daisies In the scented bud of the morning—O, When the ...
James Stephens was an Irish novelist and poet.
James Stephens produced many retellings of Irish myths and fairy tales. His retellings are marked by a rare combination of humor and lyricism (Deirdre, and Irish Fairy Tales are often especially praise). He also wrote several original novels (Crock of Gold, Etched in Moonlight, Demi-Gods) based loosely on Irish fairy tales. "Crock of Gold," in particular, achieved enduring popularity and was reprinted frequently throughout the author's lifetime.
Stephens began his career as a poet with the tutelage of "Æ" (George William Russell). His first book of poems, "Insurrections," was published during ... more »
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My enemy came nigh,
Stared fiercely in his face.
My lips went writhing back in a grimace,
And stern I watched him with a narrow eye.
Then, as I turned away, my enemy,
That bitter heart and savage, said to me:
"Some day, when this is past,
When all the arrows that we have are cast,
We may ask one another why we hate,
And fail to find a story to relate.
It may seem then to us a mystery
That we should hate each other."
Thus said he,
And did not turn away,
Waiting to hear what I might have to say,
But I ...