‘Fáilte don Éan’ from an Duanaire.

Fáilte don éan is binne ar chraoibh,
labhras ar chaoin na dtor le gréin;
domhsa is fada tuirse an tsaoil,
nach bhfaiceann í le teacht an fhéir.
Welcome, sweetest bird on the branch,
at the bushes’ edge as the sun grows warm.
The world’s long sorrow it is to me
I see her not as the grass grows green.

An Duanaire, Poems of the Dispossessed. 1600-1900, le Seán O Tuama and Thomas Kinsella. Foras na Gaeilge 1991.

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