Trafika Europe 1 - Northern Idyll
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At Swim-Two-Birds

I can’t stand at Swim-Two-Birds

Opposite Clonmacnoise on the Shannon

Ferryharbourcallows and listen to the master anymore

As he rings his espartovespers and nones out

In the covert and wifewomen pummelpound

their fullnetflax

And give judgementbirth with all the holy men

And kings of Ireland buried there

Amongst the marsh bedstraw and meadow-grass,

The cuckoo-flowers and clover

With the otter and the bag-pipereedfox,

The mute swan and golden plover

And redshank and godwit.