The Complete Poems of Francis Ledwidge (1919)
Book ID: 65462
The Complete Poems of Francis Ledwidge. With Introductions by Lord Dunsany. London: Herbert Jenkins, 1919. First Edition. Pp, 112. Frontispiece portrait plate. A lovely clean copy handsomely bound in quarter calf with some fading to spine, top edge in gilt.
Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917), also known as the peasant poet of Meath, was killed in action in Flanders in July 1917.
Lord Dunsany wrote in The Irish Times:
‘ I never wished to handicap him by exaggerated praise, but now that no mistake of mine can hurt him, if mistake it be. I give my opinion that, if Ledwidge had lived, this lover of all seasons in which the blackbird sings, would have surpassed even Burns, and Ireland would have lawfully claimed, as she may do even yet ,the greatest of peasant singers.’