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ALL SOULS’ DAY

                                                 (November the First.)

                        MY grief, my grief for Una bawn,
                           My grief for Mairgread Rue,
                        Who danced to right and left of me
                           In last night’s dew.
                        I kissed your gold cool, Una bawn,
                           Your cool with sagans set,
                        But I kissed you not, my sorrow,
                                     Red Margaret.

                        Long since I gave you, Una bawn,
                           A gift of yellow flowers.
                        Now your grave ‘s gold with goldilocks
                           In sun and showers.
                        I never gave you any gift.
                           Yet, Mairgread, back with you
                        To your grave when you tired of dancing
                                     My heart went too.

                        I did not hear my father call,
                           Nor see my mother’s eyes,
                        As we danced down by the river
                           Where the mists rise.
                        I held the hand of Una bawn,
                           And yet I only knew
                        That your white soul was holding mine,
                                     My Mairgread Rue!

                        O light’s my grief that Una bawn
                           Sleeps soundly night and day,
                        Until the Eve of Apples calls
                           The ghosts away
                        To dance amid the gentle folk
                           And all ill dreams forget.
                        And dear do I And the dancing,
                           Yet on me lies the fret
                        That I may not sleep beside you,
                                     Red Margaret!

                                                                       NORA HOPPER.

MLA citation:

Hopper, Nora. “All Souls’ Day.” The Evergreen; A Northern Seasonal, vol. 4 Winter 1896-7 p. 75. Evergreen Digital Edition, edited by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, 2016-2018. Yellow Nineties 2.0, General Editor Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Ryerson University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2019. https://1890s.ca/egv4_hopper_souls/