Treasure Island

John Boyle O'Reilly

(28 June 1844 - 10 August 1890 / Dowth Castle, County Meath)

Quotations

  • ''The red rose whispers of passion,
    And the white rose breathes of love;
    O, the red rose is a falcon,
    And the white rose is a dove.''
    John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890), U.S.-Irish writer. A White Rose (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''For the love that is purest and sweetest
    Has a kiss of desire on the lips.''
    John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890), U.S.-Irish writer. A White Rose (l. 7-8). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''"You gave me the key of your heart, my love;
    Then why did you make me knock?"
    Oh that was yesterday, saints above!
    And last night—I changed the lock!''
    John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890), Irish poet, author. Constancy.
  • ''The organized charity, scrimped and iced, In the name of a cautious, statistical Christ.''
    John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890), Irish author. "In Bohemia," st. 5 (1886).

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406 [unfinished]

I do not know the meaning of the sign,
But bend before its power, as a reed bends
When the black tornado fills the valley to the lips.
Three times in twenty years its shape has come
On lines of fire on the black veil of mystery;
At first, tho' strange, it seemed familiar,
And lingered on the mind as if at rest;
The second time if flashed a thrill came, too,
For supernature spoke, or tried to speak;

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