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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Ancient Erse

Vision of a Fair Woman

(Aisling Air Dhreach Mna)

TELL us some of the charms of the stars!—

Close and well set were her ivory teeth;

White as the canna upon the moor

Was her bosom the tartan bright beneath.

Her well-rounded forehead shone

Soft and fair as the mountain-snow:

Her two breasts were heaving full;

To them did the hearts of heroes flow.

Her lips were ruddier than the rose;

Tender and tunefully sweet her tongue;

White as the foam adown her side

Her delicate fingers extended hung.

Smooth as the dusky down of the elk,

Appeared her shady eyebrows to me;

Lovely her cheeks were, like berries red.

From every guile she was wholly free.

Her countenance looked like the gentle buds

Unfolding their beauty in early spring;

Her yellow locks like the gold-browed hills;

And her eyes like the radiance the sunbeams bring.