Thomas MacDonagh

by Francis Ledwidge

He shall not hear the bittern cry

In the wild sky, where he is lain,

Nor voices of the sweeter birds,

Above the wailing of the rain.


Nor shall he know when loud March blows         

Thro’ slanting snows her fanfare shrill,

Blowing to flame the golden cup

Of many an upset daffodil.


But when the Dark Cow leaves the moor,

And pastures poor with greedy weeds,         

Perhaps he’ll hear her low at morn,

Lifting her horn in pleasant meads.