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Three Fates in Council Sitting

Padraic Colum (1881-1972). Anthology of Irish Verse. 1922.

The Petition of Tom Dermody to the Three Fates in Council Sitting

By Thomas Dermody

RIGHT rigorous, and so forth! Humbled
By cares and mourning, tost and tumbled,
Before your Ladyships, Tom Fool,
Knowing above the rest you rule,
Most lamentably sets his case 5
With a bold heart and saucy face.
Sans shoes or stocking, coat or breeches,
You see him now, most mighty witches,
His body worn like an old farthing,
The angry spirit just a-parting, 10
His credit rotten, and his purse
As empty as a cobbler's curse;
His Poems, too, unsold