Eleanor Alexander: Irish Woman Poet

Eleanor Alexander (c. 1857 – 1939) was born in Tyrone. Her parents, William Alexander, Primate of All Ireland, and Cecil Frances Humphreys, were poets. Eleanor’s poems were published in the Times and the Spectator. Song was included in Afred Percival Graves’ anthology The Book of Irish Poetry.


He climbs his lady’s tower, where sail
Cold clouds about the moon,
And at his feet the nightingale
Sings — Sir, too soon, too soon!

He steals across his lady’s park,
He tries her secret gate,
And overhead the saucy lark
Sings — Sir, too late, too late!


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