The School Bag

Lament for Thomas MacDonagh

Francis Ledwidge

He shall not hear the bittern cry	
In the wild sky, where he is lain,	
Nor voices of the sweeter birds,	
Above the wailing of the rain.	
Nor shall he know when loud March blows	         
Thro’ slanting snows her fanfare shrill,	
Blowing to flame the golden cup	
Of many an upset daffodil.	
But when the Dark Cow leaves the moor,	
And pastures poor with greedy weeds,	         
Perhaps he’ll hear her low at morn,	
Lifting her horn in pleasant meads.