CELT document E850004-002

Blind Mary

Thomas Osborne Davis

Edited by T. W. Rolleston

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    Blind Mary

  1. THERE flows from her spirit such love and delight,
    That the face of Blind Mary is radiant with light—
    As the gleam from a homestead through darkness will show
    Or the moon glimmer soft through the fast falling snow.
  2. Yet there's a keen sorrow comes o'er her at times,
    As an Indian might feel in our northerly climes!
    And she talks of the sunset, like parting of friends,
    And the starlight, as love, that not changes nor ends.
  3. Ah! grieve not, sweet maiden, for star or for sun,
    For the mountains that tower or the rivers that run—
    For beauty and grandeur, and glory, and light,
    Are seen by the spirit, and not by the sight.
  4. In vain for the thoughtless are sunburst and shade,
    In vain for the heartless flowers blossom and fade;
    While the darkness that seems your sweet being to bound
    Is one of the guardians, an Eden around!

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Title (uniform): Blind Mary

Author: Thomas Osborne Davis

Editor: T. W. Rolleston

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  • First published in the Nation on 12 October 1844.

Other writings by Thomas Davis

  1. Thomas Davis, Essays Literary and Historical, ed. by D. J. O'Donoghue, Dundalk 1914.
  2. Sir Charles Gavan Duffy (ed.), Thomas Davis, the memoirs of an Irish patriot, 1840-1846. 1890. [Reprinted entitled 'Thomas Davis' with an introduction of Brendan Clifford. Millstreet, Aubane Historical Society, 2000.]
  3. Thomas Davis: selections from his prose and poetry. [Edited] with an introduction by T. W. Rolleston. London and Leipzig: T. Fisher Unwin (Every Irishman's Library). 1910. [Published in Dublin by the Talbot press, 1914.]
  4. Thomas Osborne Davis, Literary and historical essays 1846. Reprinted 1998, Washington, DC: Woodstock Books.
  5. Essays of Thomas Davis. New York, Lemma Pub. Corp. 1974, 1914 [Reprint of the 1914 ed. published by W. Tempest, Dundalk, Ireland, under the title 'Essays literary and historical'.]
  6. Thomas Davis: essays and poems, with a centenary memoir, 1845-1945. Dublin, M.H. Gill and Son, 1945. [Foreword by an Taoiseach, Éamon de Valera.]
  7. Angela Clifford, Godless colleges and mixed education in Ireland: extracts from speeches and writings of Thomas Wyse, Daniel O'Connell, Thomas Davis, Charles Gavan Duffy, Frank Hugh O'Donnell and others. Belfast: Athol, 1992.

Davis, Thomas Osborne (1910). ‘Blind Mary’. In: Thomas Davis: Selections from his prose and poetry‍. Ed. by T. W. Rolleston. Dublin and London: The Talbot Press, p. 361.

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Creation: by Thomas Davis

Date: 1840s

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Keywords: literary; poetry; 19c

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  1. 2012-01-31: File proofed (2), file parsed; SGML and HTML files created. (ed. Beatrix Färber)
  2. 2012-01-16: File proofed (1); header created; structural and content markup applied. (ed. Juliette Maffet)
  3. 1996: Text captured by scanning. (ed. Audrey Murphy)

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