Ella Young: Irish Woman Poet

Ella Young (1867-1956) was born in Antrim and educated in Dublin, where she took her MA in Trinity College and was involved in the local branch of the Theosophical Society. She was a member of Cumann na mBan and was involved in the 1916 rising. Later she moved to the USA and taught at University of California, Berkeley. She published a number of collections of Irish folklore, short stories for children and poems. Twilight appeared in New songs : a lyric selection (1904) edited by George Russell (AE).

TWILIGHT

The sky is silver pale with just one star,
One lonely wanderer from the shining host
Of Night’s companions. Through the drowsy woods
The shadows creep and touch with quietness
The curling fern heads and the ancient trees.
The sea is all aglimmer with faint lights
That change and move as if the crystal prow
Of Naive cleft unseen its waveless floor,
And Naive stood there with the magic token,
The apple-branch with silver singing leaves.
The wind has stolen away as though it feared
To stir the fringes of her faery mantle
Dream-woven in the land of Heart’s Desire:
And all the world is hushed as though she called
Ossian again, and no one answered her.

 

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