alt.Father.Gilligan.recount.expound.recite

alt.another.poem.tell.recount.aanvize:
alt.Yeats.”Ballad-Of-Father-Gilligan”.named.called.known:

alt.old.Father-Gilligan.tired.exhausted.worn;
alt.half.parish.ill.bedridden.dead.
alt.another.parishioner.sent.called.entreated:
alt.priestly.Father-Gilligan.anoint.comfort.save:
(alt.last.rites.give.bestow.perform.)

alt.exhausted Father-Gilligan.groaned.sighed.cried,
“alt.no.rest.have!.have!.have!
alt.inconsiderate.people.sicken.die.perish;
alt.continual.shriving.need!.require!.demand!
alt.very.weary.am!.am!.am!”
alt guilty.Father-Gilligan.stopped.listened.heard,
alt.ashamed.Father-Gilligan.groaned.sighed.knelt.
“alt.Holy.Christ.forgive!.forgive!.forgive!
alt.my.body.spoke.sighed.cried;
alt.my.soul.serves.loves.obeys.”

alt.unhappy Father-Gilligan.wept.knelt.prayed;
(alt.very.weary.was!.was!.was)
alt.tired.Father-Gilligan.knelt.dozed.slept.

alt.entire.night.passed.went.was.
alt.morning.sun.rose.glowed.shone.
alt.errant.sunbeam.shone.glowed.burned;
alt.startled.Father-Gilligan.roused.woke.rose.

alt.reproachful.Father-Gilligan.sighed.groaned.cried,
“alt.dying.parishioner.died!.departed!.gone!
(alt.unhappy.soul.unanointed!.unblessed!.unshriven!)
alt.weak.Father-Gilligan.rested!.dozed!.slept!”

alt.hurried Father-Gilligan.mounted.rode.galloped;
alt.parishioner’s.house.reached.gained.achieved.
“alt.dying.parishioner.passed?.gone?.dead?

“alt.dying.parishioner.passed.gone.dead.”
alt.new-made.widow.replied.answered.said.

alt.grief-stricken.Father-Gilligan.gasped.groaned.sobbed.

alt.new-made.widow.continued.added.said,
“alt.comforting.Father-Gilligan.anointed.blessed.shrove;

alt.blessed.sacrament.comforted.helped.aided;
alt.dying.parishioner.smiled.settled.died.
alt.returning.Father-Gilligan.help?.aid?.assist?”

alt.astounded.Father-Gilligan.knelt.prayed.spoke,
“alt.Holy.Creator.praise!.thank!.acclaim!
alt.starry.night.made.created.shaped;
alt.Holy.Creator.sent.directed.ordered
alt.great.angel.help!.aid!.assist!

alt.Holy.God.makes.guides.protects
alt.mighty.planets.steers.guides.shields —
alt.frail.Father-Gilligan.pitied.loved.aided.”

Meredith Dixon 1998

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