Gather Round Me: The Best of Irish Popular Poetry

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Christopher Cahill
Beacon Press, Feb 12, 2005 - Poetry - 160 pages
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Gather round me, all ye ladies fair,
And ye gentlemen of renown;
Listen, listen, and to me repair,
Whilst I sing of beauteous Dublin town.


The Irish have long been associated with great writing generally and with poetry specifically. The love of language pervades this strong culture, and the Irish people have long shared poetry with each other, whether in the street, in the home, or in the pub. These poems may be bawdy or tragic, but there is always something quintessentially Irish about them.

In Gather Round Me, Christopher Cahill has put together a collection of the best of these popular poems, found in newspapers, heard in pubs, or put down in diaries. With explanatory notes that make the verse more accessible, these poems give voice to the Irish character, full of humor, mischief, and wit.

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Contents

Introduction
13
AS I ROVED OUT ON A SUMMERS MORNING
17
The Dawning of the Day EDWARD Walsh
19
The Colleen Rue TRADITIONAL
20
A Vision AODHAGAN ORATHAILLE TRANSLATED
21
JAMES CLARENCE MANGAN
22
The Old Triangle BRENDAN BEHAN
23
The Mantle So Green TRADITIONAL
26
The Convict of Clonmel TRADITIONAL TRANSLATED
104
JEREMIAH JOSEPH CALLANAN
105
THEN FURTHER GOING MY WILD OATS SOWING TO NEW YORK CITY I CROSSED THE
107
The Lambs on the Green Hills TRADITIONAL
109
A White Rose John BOYLE OREILLY
110
My Love Is Like the Sun TRADITIONAL
111
The Spanish Man F R Higgins
113
Oh Breathe Not His Name Thomas MOORE
114

Going to Mass Last Sunday Donagh MacDonagh
27
The Fiddler of Dooney W B YEATS
28
The Little Door TRADITIONAL TRANSLATED BY BENEDICT KIELY
29
The Forsaken Soldier Hudie DEVANEY TRANSLATED BY PADDY TUNNEY
30
The Emigrants Letter PERCY FRENCH
31
The Small Towns of Ireland John BETJEMAN
33
Brian OLinn TRADITIONAL
36
My Grief on the Sea TRADITIONAL TRANSLATED BY Douglas HYDE
37
The Brewers Man L A G STRONG
38
The Homeward Bound Thomas DARCY McGee
39
The Drynán Dhun ROBERT DWYER JOYCE
41
THERE WAS WHISKEY ON SUNDAY AND TEARS ON OUR CHEEKS
43
On Raglan Road PATRICK KAVANAGH
45
To Inishkea KATHERINE TYNANHINKSON
46
The Mountain Streams where the Moorcocks Crow TRADITIONAL
48
From Galway to Graceland RICHARD THOMPSON
49
The Fairies WILLIAM ALLINGHAM
50
The Hill of Killenarden CHARLES G HALPINE
52
Master McGrath TRADITIONAL
54
OMahonys Lament Douglas HYDE
55
Love Is Pleasing TRADITIONAL
102
Thomas MacDonagh FRANCIS LEDWIDGE
103
Les Silhouettes OSCAR WILDE
115
Heres to the Maiden RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN
116
The Spanish Lady JOSEPH CAMPBELL
118
Whiskey in Me Tay TRADITIONAL
120
Epigrams TRADITIONAL TRANSLATED BY Maire MacEntee
121
Sweet Omagh Town TRADITIONAL
123
The Old Bog Road TERESA BRAYTON
125
SO FILL TO ME THE PARTING GLASS
127
She Moved through the Fair PadraiC COLUM
129
The Three Jolly Pigeons OLIVER GOLDSMITH
130
A Pair of Brown Eyes SHANE MACGOWAN
132
Ringsend Oliver St John GogARTY
133
The Night Before Larry Was Stretched TRADITIONAL
134
Song of the Ghost ALFRED PERCIVAL GRAVES
137
The Ballad of William Bloat RAYMOND CALVERT
139
Ballad to a Traditional Refrain MAURICE CRAIG
141
Let Us Be Merry Before We Go John PhilPOT CURRAN
142
The Parting Glass TRADITIONAL
143
Endpiece BRENDAN BEHAN
144
Notes Credits
145
Acknowledgments
160
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Christopher Cahill is editor-in-chief of The Recorder, the journal of the American Irish Historical Society, and executive director of the Institute for Irish American Studies at City University of New York. He cohosts NBC's annual broadcast of New York's St. Patrick's Day parade and lives in New York City.

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