Poems eBook

Denis Florence MacCarthy
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Farewell, ye lofty spires
That cheered the holy light! 
Farewell, domestic fires
That broke the gloom of night! 
Too soon those spires are lost,
Too fast we leave the bay,
Too soon by ocean tost
From hearth and home away,
         Far away, far away.

Farewell the busy town,
The wealthy and the wise,
Kind smile and honest frown
From bright, familiar eyes. 
All these are fading now;
Our brig hastes on her way,
Her unremembering prow
Is leaping o’er the sea,
        Far away, far away.

Farewell, my mother fond,
Too kind, too good to me;
Nor pearl nor diamond
Would pay my debt to thee. 
But even thy kiss denies
Upon my cheek to stay;
The winged vessel flies,
And billows round her play,
        Far away, far away.

Farewell, my brothers true,
My betters, yet my peers;
How desert without you
My few and evil years! 
But though aye one in heart,
Together sad or gay,
Rude ocean doth us part;
We separate to-day,
        Far away, far away.

Farewell, thou fairest one,
Unplighted yet to me,
Uncertain of thine own
I gave my heart to thee. 
That untold early love
I leave untold to-day,
My lips in whisper move
Farewell to ...! 
        Far away, far away.

Farewell I breathe again
To dim New England’s shore,
My heart shall beat not when
I pant for thee no more. 
In yon green palmy isle,
Beneath the tropic ray,
I murmur never while
For thee and thine I pray;
        Far away, far away.


I mourn upon this battle-field,
But not for those who perished here. 
Behold the river-bank
Whither the angry farmers came,
In sloven dress and broken rank,
Nor thought of fame. 
Their deed of blood
All mankind praise;
Even the serene Reason says,
It was well done. 
The wise and simple have one glance
To greet yon stern head-stone,
Which more of pride than pity gave
To mark the Briton’s friendless grave. 
Yet it is a stately tomb;
The grand return
Of eve and morn,
The year’s fresh bloom,
The silver cloud,
Might grace the dust that is most proud.

Yet not of these I muse
In this ancestral place,
But of a kindred face
That never joy or hope shall here diffuse.

Ah, brother of the brief but blazing star! 
What hast thou to do with these
Haunting this bank’s historic trees? 
Thou born for noblest life,
For action’s field, for victor’s car,
Thou living champion of the right? 
To these their penalty belonged: 
I grudge not these their bed of death,
But thine to thee, who never wronged
The poorest that drew breath.

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