Padraic Colum

(8 December 1881 – 11 January 1972 / County Longford)

Quotations

  • ''O farmer, strong farmer!
    You can spend at the fair,
    But your face you must turn
    To your crops and your care;''
    Padraic Colum (1881-1972), Irish poet. A Drover (l. 13-16). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''To Meath of the pastures,
    From wet hills by the sea,
    Through Leitrim and Longford,
    Go my cattle and me.''
    Padraic Colum (1881-1972), Irish poet. A Drover (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Oh, to have a little house!
    To own the hearth and stool and all!
    The heaped-up sods upon the fire,
    The pile of turf against the wall!''
    Padraic Colum (1881-1972), Irish poet. An Old Woman of the Roads (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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The Plougher

Sunset and silence! A man: around him earth savage, earth broken;
Beside him two horses -- a plough!
Earth savage, earth broken, the brutes, the dawn man there in the sunset,
And the Plough that is twin to the Sword, that is founder of cities!
"Brute-tamer, plough-maker, earth-breaker! Can'st hear? There are ages
between us.
Is it praying you are as you stand there alone in the sunset?
"Surely our sky-born gods can be naught to you, earth child and earth
master?

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