A Piper

We present this work in honor of the poet’s 140th birthday.

Seamus O’Sullivan
1879 – 1958


A Piper in the streets today
Set up, and tuned, and started to play,
And away, away, away on the tide
Of his music we started; on every side
Doors and windows were opened wide,
And men left down their work and came,
And women with petticoats coloured like flame.
And little bare feet that were blue with cold,
Went dancing back to the age of gold,
And all the world went gay, went gay,
For half an hour in the street today.

2 thoughts on “A Piper

  1. I’ve always loved this poem. First heard it in John Duke’s setting but I’m so confused about the word “on” before every side.


    1. I didn’t know Duke had set it to music. Must look for that.

      The phrase “on every side” doesn’t strike me as particularly unusual. Can you say more about your confusion? I’ll help if I can.


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