Aidan Quinn - reading Francis Ledwidge's Spring Love - invites you to Imagine Ireland.
by Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917)
I saw her coming through the flowery grass,
Round her swift ankles butterfly and bee
Blent loud and silent wings ; I saw her pass
Where foam-bows shivered on the sunny sea.
Then came the swallow crowding up the dawn,
And cuckoo-echoes filled the dewy South.
I left my love upon the hill, alone,
My last kiss burning on her lovely mouth.