The Brother of Queen Maeve’s Charge

Oh Queen Maeve in great dearth of joys, deep hatred I had not—

’twas Ferguson who spoke so vile, but your bad name must now rot.

For I have this unwholesome dream, his murders which greatly spun

Of what you did, what you said, flights; his firings of the gun.

 

I sit in wonder at the great deeds, poor and in rags my pants;

Sinner I was, and sinner I be, forget a thousand rants

Said in private,—were not for men to see; nor was it a felony

Which stirred the nations stalwart from sea to every bloody sea.

 

My verse had changed, your heart’s not true, your judgments, they all were wrong.

Nothing but tender love I had for you; your betrayal had sorely stung.

These dreams are torment—nails in my arms, the pain of your sharp gun.

These are not my dreams, but I have to say, they are that Ferguson’s.

 

For I am small, known not by you, my strong friend but ally lost;

For I never had thought you’d harm me; but friendship was paid the cost.

Rather, someone else I see, in vision who wears that rebel cloth—

It is Ferguson, he who is to be, that man eternally lost.

 

Further Readings:

 

Gore-Booth, Eva. “Scene of the Triumph of Maeve.” Poetry Nook,

https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/scene-triumph-maeve.

—. “To Maeve.” A Treasury of Irish Literature, Sterling Publishing Co.,

2017, pp. 237.

Neifert, B. K. “Daniel and the Druid.” WordPress,

https://brandon.water.blog/2019/05/23/daniels-vision-of-ferguson-and-the-druid/

Yeats, William Butler. “Fergus and the Druid.” Selected Poems And Four Plays of William

Butler Yeats. Scribner Paperback Poetry edition 1996. 1957, pp. 7 – 8.

—. “To the Rose Upon the Rood of Time.” Selected Poems And Four Plays of William

Butler Yeats. Scribner Paperback Poetry edition 1996. 1957, pp. 6.

 

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