Nancy Campbell: Irish Woman Poet

Nancy Campbell (1886 – ?) was born Nancy Maude. She married the poet Joseph Campbell against her family’s wishes in 1910 and became permanently estranged from them The couple were separated in 1924. Her work was included in Alfred Percival Graves’ The Book of Irish Poetry and she published regularly in Harriet Munroe’s Poetry magazine. The Magi comes form the latter. Her books include The Little People (London: Arthur T. Humphreys 1910) and Agnus Dei (Dublin: Maunsel & Co. 1913).

The Magi

 

OUT of what far-off ancient cities
Did the wise kings see the star,
Leaning from their towers of magic—
Caspar, Melchior, Balthasar?

 

In what strange marts did they barter,
In what ivory chests make stir,
Gathering for their eastern journey
Gold and frankincense and myrrh?

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