” TO KNOW THEY DREAMED AND ARE DEAD…”

“Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
That is Heaven’s part, our part
To murmur name upon name,
As a mother names her child
When sleep at last has come
On limbs that had run wild.
What is it but nightfall?
No, no, not night but death;
Was it needless death after all?
For England may keep faith
For all that is done and said.
We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse –
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born….”

(From here.)

Details on those in Dublin intending to commemorate this “terrible beauty” can be found here, here and here.
Details on other Irish Republican Easter Commemorations 2008 can be found here.
Sharon.




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A mother of three and a political activist , living in Dublin , Ireland.
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