On an Anniversary

Original Text: 
J. M. Synge, Poems and translations (Churchtown, Dundrum: Cuala Press, 1909). del S993 A15 1909 Fisher Rare Book Library.
1After reading the dates in a book of Lyrics.
1With Fifteen-ninety or Sixteen-sixteen
3The Sixteen-thirteen till two score and nine,
5And so when all my little work is done
6They'll say I came in Eighteen-seventy-one,
7And died in Dublin .... What year will they write
8For my poor passage to the stall of Night?


2] Cervantes, Marot, Nashe or Green: Synge's dates are seldom always spot-on. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) is right, but not Clément Marot (1496-1544), Thomas Nashe (1567-1601), and Robert Greene (1560-1592), if these are the literary figures he intended. Back to Line
4] Crashaw: Richard Crashaw (1613-1649), English poet. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1999.