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‘A Thought’

"I have squandered the splendid years that the Lord God gave to my youth
In attempting impossible things, deeming them alone worth the toil.
Lord, if I had the years I would squander them over again,
Aye, fling them from me !
For this I have heard in my heart, that a man shall scatter, not hoard,
Shall do the deed of to-day, nor take thought of to-morrow's teen,
Shall not bargain or huxter with God ; or was it a jest of Christ's
And is this my sin before men, to have taken Him at His word."

[from ‘The Fool’ by Padraic Pearse]

Padraic Pearse was an Irish teacher, barrister, poet, writer, nationalist and political activist who was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916. Following his execution along with fifteen other leaders, Pearse came to be seen by many as the embodiment of the rebellion.

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It's ironic that Pearse titled this 'The Fool' because at least at some levels he was just that- doing precisely the wrong thing at the wrong time, but this speaks to me eloquently, given my own life experiences:

'I have squandered the splendid years that the Lord God gave to my youth
In attempting impossible things, deeming them alone worth the toil.
Lord, if I had the years I would squander them over again,
Aye, fling them from me !'


I am always amazed at how well you are able to express yourself. I envy you. In this at least you have not squandered your youth.
I have not heard anything about Pierce, but I know that for some reason, Ireland has always wanted to break away from England as Chechnya from Russia.

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Я не слышал ничего о Пирсе, но знаю, что Ирландия всегда зачем-то хотела отделиться от Англии, как Чечня от России.
And because of such men as Padraic Pearse Ireland has, for the most part, succeeded.