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Poem Title:  The Ballad Of Moll Magee

Poem Category:  General Poems

Poet:  William Butler Yeats

Poet Biography: 
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was a poet whose influences include The Occult, symbolism and Irish political independance



Poem: 
Come round me, little childer;
There, don't fling stones at me
because I mutter as I go;
But pity Moll Magee.
My man was a poor fisher
with shore lines in the say;
My work was saltin' herrings
the whole of the long day.
And sometimes from the Saltin' shed
I scarce could drag my feet,
under the blessed moonlight,
along the pebbly street.
I'd always been but weakly,
and my baby was just born;
A neighbour minded her by day,
I minded her till morn.
I lay upon my baby;
Ye little childer dear,
I looked on my cold baby
when the morn grew frosty and clear.
A weary woman sleeps so hard!
My man grew red and pale,
and gave me money, and bade me go
to my own place, Kinsale.
He drove me out and shut the door.
And gave his curse to me;
I went away in silence,
no neighbour could I see.
The windows and the doors were shut,
one star shone faint and green,
the little straws were turnin round
across the bare boreen.
I went away in silence:
Beyond old Martin's byre
I saw a kindly neighbour
Blowin' her mornin' fire.
She drew from me my story


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