Mother By Dora Sigerson Shorter

Mother If I should rise amidst the assembled dead, Calling for thee, whose fond hands often led Me in young years, in that far unknown…

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I Prayed So Eagerly By Dora Sigerson Shorter

I Prayed So Eagerly I prayed so eagerly, ‘Turn and see How bitter I have striven— A word and all forgiven.’ I prayed so eagerly….

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Beware By Dora Sigerson Shorter

Beware I closed my hands upon a moth And when I drew my palms apart, Instead of dusty, broken wings, I found a bleeding human…

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A Cry In The World By Dora Sigerson Shorter

A Cry In The World Kine, kine, in the meadows, why do you low so piteously? High is the grass to your knees and wet…

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To Clarissa By Dora Sigerson Shorter

To Clarissa Clarissa, when you passed me by With scornful lip and haughty eye, My fault I did deplore, Your anger, like a poisoned dart,…

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The Star By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Star [IN MEMORIAM P. P.] I saw a dreamer, I saw a poet, On the red battle-field fell my slow tear, ‘Lover of birds…

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The Old Song By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Old Song When I was a young lad of happy sixteen There came to my window the Cushla-mo chree, And the song that she…

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The Foolish Old Man By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Foolish Old Man A miller’s daughter, as I heard tell— Sing heigh! but the maid was merry— Was loved by her father’s man full…

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The Ballad Of The Little Black Hound By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Ballad Of The Little Black Hound Who knocks at the Geraldine’s door to-night In the black storm and the rain? With the thunder crash…

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Little White Rose By Dora Sigerson Shorter

Little White Rose Little white rose that I loved, I loved, Roisin ban, Roisin ban! Fair my bud as the morning’s dawn. I kissed my…

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For Whom By Dora Sigerson Shorter

For Whom ‘Ach Gott! wem gehort dieses Haus?’— Tyrolese house motto. I built a house, four perfect walls and strong, To hold the kindly roof,…

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All Soul’s Eve By Dora Sigerson Shorter

All Soul’s Eve I cried all night to you, I called till day was here; Perhaps you could not come, Or were too tirèd, dear….

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You Will Not Come Again By Dora Sigerson Shorter

You Will Not Come Again The green has come to the leafless tree, The earth brings forth its grain; The rose has come for the…

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The Wild Geese By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Wild Geese ‘Wild geese are very numerous in this district, especially around Lough Esknahinny.’ —Cork Examiner, December , . I walked by Esknahinny at…

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The Sad Years By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Sad Years Thou hast encompassed us, indeed, O Lord, With these sad years. Where does the failure lie Of this Thy man, made to…

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The Little White Rabbit By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Little White Rabbit ‘May I go to the field,’ said the little white rabbit, ‘Where the corn grows sweet and high?’ ‘Is there aught…

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The Enchanted Lake By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Enchanted Lake I found a dark enchanted lake, That lay within a lonely glade; I stood a moment, held entranced, Hid ‘neath the willow’s…

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Sick I Am And Sorrowful By Dora Sigerson Shorter

Sick I Am And Sorrowful Sick I am and sorrowful, how can I be well again Here, where fog and darkness is, and big guns…

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On The Other Side By Dora Sigerson Shorter

On The Other Side What will you do through the waiting days, What will my darling do? Will you sleep, or wander in those strange…

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In Wintry Weather By Dora Sigerson Shorter

In Wintry Weather Dear, in wintry weather, How close we crept together! The storms, with all their thunder, Could not our fond hands sunder. No…

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Daisies By Dora Sigerson Shorter

Daisies Blossomed too soon, little daisies of Spring! Leaving the sheltering arms of the earth, The white tears of Winter unshed in the sky, And…

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A New Year By Dora Sigerson Shorter

A New Year Behold! a new white world! The falling snow Has cloaked the last old year And bid him go. To-morrow! cries the oak…

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When You Are On The Sea By Dora Sigerson Shorter

When You Are On The Sea How can I laugh or dance as others do, Or ply my rock or reel? My heart will still…

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The Three Trees By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Three Trees The oak is a brave tree that groweth in the wood— The oak, and the pine, and the aspen tree— Strong his…

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The Prayer By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Prayer ‘Many worlds have I made,’ said the Good God, ‘But this is best of all,’ He slipped the round earth from His lap,…

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The Highway To Fame By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Highway To Fame In every man this world doth hold Two selves are cast in that human mould. If he hearken but to the…

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The Calling Motherland By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Calling Motherland On the lone height of some untrodden hill The shadowy mother goes, Calling, calling; Grief hath her eyes, her cheek is wan…

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Monica By Dora Sigerson Shorter

Monica Pardon give to Monica, She is so very fair— Though soft eyes give promises Rosy lips forswear. From the shy droop of her head,…

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I Want To Talk To Thee By Dora Sigerson Shorter

I Want To Talk To Thee I want to talk to thee of many things Or sit in silence when the robin sings His littl’…

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Ave Maria By Dora Sigerson Shorter

Ave Maria In the darkness of the night I wake and weep, Ave Maria, hear my cry! Dread shapes crowd around me, I cannot sleep,…

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A Changeling By Dora Sigerson Shorter

A Changeling My Future lay cradled asleep; I kissed the sweet mouth and she smiled With a promise of all she should be, Womanhood crowning…

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To A Sleeping Maid By Dora Sigerson Shorter

To A Sleeping Maid Oh! do not rudely wake her, nor reproach Those pulsing limbs for this hostility To timid life, that cast in death-like…

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The Six Sorrows By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Six Sorrows There are six sorrows in my heart— Red Allen, Clare, and Joan, Sweet Bet, and Jock, and little Roy; Six sorrows all…

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The Old Professor By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Old Professor See, there he goes, a-pulling his long beard; With frowning brow, and far and absent gaze, On his bowed head the dust…

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The Foe By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Foe My foe did strike me, Lord, I am not meek, I cannot turn to him the other cheek, Rather to Thee for vengeance…

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The Awakening By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Awakening Once she woke to fairyland, Now she wakes to grief, All the golden days are gone, Lost by time—the thief. Once she sprang…

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Last Eve By Dora Sigerson Shorter

Last Eve Last eve as I leaned from my lattice, looked out at the night Where the grey of the sea misted into the grey…

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For He Had Great Possessions By Dora Sigerson Shorter

For He Had Great Possessions And I had died before the spring had come, When winter’s kiss upon the fields was cold, And no small…

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A Weeping Cupid By Dora Sigerson Shorter

A Weeping Cupid Why, Love! I thought you were gay and fair, Merry of mien and debonair. What then means this brow so black, Whose…

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Wirastrua By Dora Sigerson Shorter

Wirastrua Wirastrua, wirastrua, woe to me that you are dead! The corpse has spoken from out his bed. ‘Yesternight my burning brain Throbbed and beat…

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The Wild Beast By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Wild Beast One spring as I went walking By budding leaf and thorn To see the sun a-shining Upon an Easter morn; My hound…

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The Scallop Shell By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Scallop Shell A scallop shell, loosed by the lifting tide, Had left a friendly shore, the seas to brave; Its lips of pink and…

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The Little Sister By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Little Sister The wind knocks at the window, And my heart is full of fear, For I know when it is calling That some…

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The Defenders By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Defenders Leave me my dreams, and I shall not repine; Youth’s eager hours, love’s restless holiday. Leave me my dreams, a castled garden mine—…

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Seeking By Dora Sigerson Shorter

Seeking There I cannot find thee, O my love! In the city’s clamour, In its pleasure’s glamour; ‘Mid the multitude of faces Or the wilderness…

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One Day In December By Dora Sigerson Shorter

One Day In December ‘Every dog has his day.’ Well, dear, do you remember, How you and I found a golden day In the midst…

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In The Years Of Sarsfield By Dora Sigerson Shorter

In The Years Of Sarsfield I wish I were over the Curlew Mountains, Marching to Sligo by valley and fen; I wish I were back…

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Cupid Slain By Dora Sigerson Shorter

Cupid Slain I come from a burial; Hush! let me be I have put away my love, Fair exceedingly. Ah! the little gold curls Soft…

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A Moth By Dora Sigerson Shorter

A Moth I, like a moth to the candle, Am chained by a glance from your eye. If I shun you, the world is in…

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Unknown Ideal By Dora Sigerson Shorter

Unknown Ideal Whose is the voice that will not let me rest? I hear it speak. Where is the shore will gratify my quest, Show…

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The Three Fates By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Three Fates Up in the cave of the wind, All bent and crabbed with their years, In endless chatter they sit, Old Distaff, Spindle,…

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The Poisoned Arrow By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Poisoned Arrow All wounded sore he lay upon my path, His piteous moans his woeful need confessed; I stooped to find his hurt with…

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The Heritage By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Heritage He on his man-child laid a soothing hand, And hushed him into slumber, singing, ‘Sleep! For thee the world was made and for…

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The Bridal Of Lady Aideen By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Bridal Of Lady Aideen O Lady Aideen, will you wed with me, wed with me in the early morning? A silken gown for your…

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Migratory Birds By Dora Sigerson Shorter

Migratory Birds I have listened for the beat Of slow wings across the sea. In their strange and dumb retreat From their foreign liberty. Come…

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I Have Been To Hy-Brasail By Dora Sigerson Shorter

I Have Been To Hy-Brasail I have been to Hy-Brasail, And the Land of Youth have seen, Much laughter have I heard there, And birds…

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At Pompeii By Dora Sigerson Shorter

At Pompeii At Pompeii I heard a woman laugh, And turned to find the reason of her mirth; Saw but the silent figure of a…

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A Careless Heart By Dora Sigerson Shorter

A Careless Heart The wind has blown my heart away All on a summer holiday. If you can find it, pray you tell, For this…

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To Bid Her Live By Dora Sigerson Shorter

To Bid Her Live Bring to her spring flowers, Cowslip and celandine, And bid her hear the blackbird’s song. Let pass the sunny hours In…

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The Sister By Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Sister WHAT is balm for a soul distressed, O! sailor tell to me ? “A good ship in a fighting wind glad of an…

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