‘For the good are always the merry’ – On the Luck of the Irish Fiddler

The Fiddler of Dooney
by William Butler Yeats

When I play on my fiddle in Dooney,
Folk dance like a wave of the sea;
My cousin is priest in Kilvarnet,
My brother in Moharabuiee.

I passed my brother and cousin:
They read in their books of prayer;
I read in my book of songs
I bought at the Sligo fair.

When we come at the end of time,
To Peter sitting in state,
He will smile on the three old spirits,
But call me first through the gate;

For the good are always the merry,
Save by an evil chance,
And the merry love the fiddle
And the merry love to dance.

And when the folk there spy me,
They will all come up to me,
With ‘Here is the fiddler of Dooney!’
And dance like a wave of the sea.

Posted on the occasion of the feast of St. Patrick, in response to the WordPress Daily Prompt: Luck

(https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/luck/)

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3 Responses to ‘For the good are always the merry’ – On the Luck of the Irish Fiddler

  1. M.Gin says:

    Hey there! I found your blog today, and I’m nominating you for That’s So Jacob’s March Blog Madness! He’s over at: http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com.
    It’s simple: find five interesting blogs today, copy and paste this comment to theirs, and give them a follow! Have a great day. Have fun spreading the blog love this month! Tantei M.Gin, by the way. 🙂 In case you wanna head on over to mine.

    • Hey there to you, too, and thanks for stopping by! I’ve not heard of the March Blog Madness event, but I’ll do my best to “pay it forward.” Also checked out your new (?) site design. It looks pretty good on my tiny screen – nice background graphic with a clean, readable layout. I’m no expert, but I’d say to keep on keeping on with it!

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