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|The Butlers of County Clare by Sir Henry Blackall|
Appendix XV: Elegies and a Eulogy
Below are some verses from two Laments on the same theme - the desolation of an ancestral home. The original Lament for Kilcash, was written in Gaelic by Father John Lane, P.P., and was rendered into mellifluous English by the gifted poet, James Clarence Mangan. When the Kilcash branch of the Butlers succeeded to the Ormonde estates and seats, Kilcash was abandoned as a residence.
The second poem was written by Lambert Butler after a visit to Bunnahow on his return from Australia. On the death of William II the place was inherited by the latter’s great-grandson, a boy of seven, whose mother closed the old family mansion and heedlessly let it fall into decay.
The last poem is in a more cheerful strain. It was composed by a family retainer at Knoppogue, who compares it not unfavourably with other country houses he had visited.
A Lament for Kilcash
Oh sorrow the saddest and sorest,
I am worn by anguish unspoken
No more on a summer-day sunny
As the deer from the brown of the mountain
Ah! why the Old House let Decay?
How changed, alas! is now the scene,
All, all is drear and loney now,
Full well know we the old must go;
I have seen Adare, of romance and story,