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Poem by Sidney Lanier


Written for the Art Autograph during the Irish Famine, 

Heartsome Ireland, winsome Ireland,
Charmer of the sun and sea,
Bright beguiler of old anguish,
How could Famine frown on thee?

As our Gulf-Stream, drawn to thee-ward,
Turns him from his northward flow,
And our wintry western headlands
Send thee summer from their snow,

Thus the main and cordial current
Of our love sets over sea, --
Tender, comely, valiant Ireland,
Songful, soulful, sorrowful Ireland, --
Streaming warm to comfort thee.

Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier's other poems:
  1. Nilsson
  2. Strange Jokes
  3. The Stirrup-Cup
  4. To Baynard Taylor
  5. A Birthday Song

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Francis Ledwidge Ireland ("I called you by sweet names by wood and linn")
  • William Watson Ireland ("In the wild and lurid desert, in the thunder-travelled ways")
  • Dora Sigerson Shorter Ireland ("'Twas the dream of a God")

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