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


To the Castle of Donegal

By William Allingham (1824–1889)

CASTLE of Donegal! both green and gray,

Like an old poet; where thine outworks lay

A sessions-house, and barracks for police

Lie in thy shadow. If from ivied peace

We could recall thee, and revive to-day

The men whom thy crazed walls, their children, cease

Almost to recollect, how we and they

Would wonder! How their wonder would increase

When by their antique customs they were driven

(As soon would happen to those chiefs of yore)

To feel our unromantic forms of power,

Police and statute law. Therefore, still riven

And roofless be thou; strength is law no more;

The times that suited thee are gone, thank Heaven!