Late Spring Far Away

Late Spring far away by the road to Macroom
The hawthorns cloaked in their white blossoms in bloom
And in the leafy groves the nesting songbirds whistle and sing
On a beautiful day in the Duhallow and Muskerry Spring

Out of wintering sheds on months of eating silage and hay
The contented cattle on nutritious young grass gaining weight by the day
And the voice of the cuckoo so pleasant to hear
On what is a beautiful time of the year

The dark barn swallows chirp as in pursuit of flying insects they do fly
Above the old fields their young will be flying with them in July
In October they will fly far south where the weather is warm and fine
To pursue flying insects who to live need sunshine

In May far away the old fields wear their flowers
And the countryside lush and green after recent Spring showers
And the trout quite relaxed in the pools of the stream
Bask in the sunshine their spotted skins agleam.

by Francis Duggan

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