Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Ireland: Vol. V. 1876–79.

Appendix: Lismore


By Sir Aubrey de Vere (1788–1846)

A MEETING of bright streams and valleys green;

Of heathy precipice; umbrageous glade;

Dark, dimpling eddies, ’neath bird-haunted shade;

White torrents gushing splintered rocks between;

With winding woodland roads; and, dimly seen

Through the deep dell ere hazy sunset fade,

Castle and spire and bridge, in gold arrayed;

While o’er the deepening mist of the ravine

The perspective of mountain looms afar.

Such was our Raleigh’s home, and here his eye

Drank deep of nature’s wild variety,

Feeding on hopes and dreams! From the world’s war

Retired, he dwelt; nor deemed how soon his star

Should set, dishonored, in a bloody sea!