Douglas Hyde

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

I shall not die for thee


FOR thee, I shall not die,
Woman of high fame and name;
Foolish men thou mayest slay
I and they are not the same.

Why should I expire
For the fire of an eye,
Slender waist or swan-like limb,
Is't for them that I should die?

The round breasts, the fresh skin,
Cheeks crimson, hair so long and rich;
Indeed, indeed, I shall not die,
Please God, not I, for any such.

The golden hair, the forehead thin,
The chaste mien, the gracious ease,
The rounded heel, the languid tone,—
Fools alone find death from these.

Thy sharp wit, thy perfect calm,
Thy thin palm like foam o' the sea;
Thy white neck, thy blue eye,
I shall not die for thee.

Woman, graceful as the swan,
A wise man did nurture me.
Little palm, white neck, bright eye,
I shall not die for ye.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: woman, hair, fire, sea, alone, death, god, women

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (I shall not die for thee by Douglas Hyde )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes
  4. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  5. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  9. Alone, Maya Angelou
  10. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost

Poem of the Day

poet Percy Bysshe Shelley

O World! O Life! O Time!
On whose last steps I climb,
Trembling at that where I had stood before;
When will return the glory of your prime?
No more -Oh, never more!

...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Fighting, Dark Guardian
  2. I Like My Lips Against Yours, Is It Poetry
  3. Sound Of India, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  4. Best Test, John Shea
  5. peace in the battle field..., veeraiyah subbulakshmi
  6. Refueling My Soul, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  7. God I'll Bake For You, Mr. Nobody
  8. Exploitation, Akhtar Jawad
  9. Kill not, kill not, gajanan mishra
  10. Too filmy, hasmukh amathalal
[Hata Bildir]