Elinor Sweetman: Irish Woman Poet

Elinor Sweetman (1860 – ?) was born in Laois and educated at home, in Brussels and then in London. She was a musician and poet and published widely. Her sisters Mary and Agnes also wrote.


When daisies close and poppies nod.
And meadow grass to earth is laid,
And fairies dance on moonlit sod.
Or quaff of dew-drops in the shade.
Come, gentle dreams, in velvet shod,
And’ foot it round each sleeping maid.

Come softly, hither, dove-winged flock.
And on their pillows make your nest,
And, light as down from puff-ball clock,
Let kisses on their eyes be prest;
Then sit upon the couch and rock
Each tender little heart to rest.


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