Dora Sigerson Shorter: Irish Woman Poet

Dora Sigerson Shorter  (1866-1918) was born in Dublin, the daughter of George Sigerson and like her father was a leading figure in the Irish Literary Revival. She was friendly with Alice Furlong and Katharine Tynan. A prolific writer, she published about two dozen collections, several of them posthumous.

Spring Song To Ireland


Weep no more, heart of my heart, no more!
The night has passed and the dawn is here,
The cuckoo calls from the budding trees,
And tells us that Spring is near.
Sorrow no more, beloved, no more!
For see, sweet emblem of hope untold,
The tears that soft on the shamrocks fall
There turn to blossoms of gold.
Winter has gone with his blighting breath,
No more to chill thee with cold or fear,
The brook laughs loud in its liberty,
Green buds on the hedge appear.
Weep no more, life of my heart, no more!
The birds are carolling sweet and clear;
The warmth of Summer is in the breeze,
And the Spring—the Spring is here.


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