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

Kilbarron Castle

To Kilbarron Castle

By Thomas D’Arcy McGee (1825–1868)

BROAD, blue, and deep, the Bay of Donegal

Spreads north and south and far a-west before

The beetling cliffs sublime, and shattered wall

Where the O’Clery’s name is known no more.

Kilbarron, many castle names are sung

In deathless verse they less deserved than thee,—

The Rhine-towers still endure in German tongue;

Gray Scotland’s keeps in Scottish poesy;

In chronicles of Spain, and songs of France,

Full many a grim château and fortress stands;

And Albion’s genius, strong as Uther’s lance,

Guards her old mansions mid their altered lands;

Home of an hundred annalists, round thy hearths, alas!

The churlish thistles thrive, and the dull graveyard grass.