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Austin Clarke

Sleepy moths flutteredIn her dark eyes,And her lips grew quieterThan lullabies.Swaying with the reedgrassOver the streamLazily she lingeredCradling a dream. — Austin Clarke, from “The Awakening of Dermuid,” Anthology of Irish Verse. Edited by Padraic Colum. (NEW YORK: BONI AND LIVERIGHT, 1922)

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