Emily Lawless: Irish Woman Poet

Emily Lawless (1845 – 1913) was born in Kildare. A novelist and poet, she is probably best remembered for her Nationalist poems ‘After Aughrim’ and ‘Clare Coast’, the opening pieces in her 1902 collection With the Wild Geese. In Spain shows another side of her poetic talent. Padraic Colum included it in his Anthology of Irish Verse.

In Spain

YOUR sky is a hard and a dazzling blue,
Your earth and sands are a dazzling gold,
And gold or blue is the proper hue,
You say for a swordsman bold.

In the land I have left the skies are cold,
The earth is green, the rocks are bare,
yet the devil may hold all your blue and your gold
Were I only once back there!


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