by James Joyce (1882 - 1941)

Dingdong! The castle bell!
Language: English 
Dingdong! The castle bell!
Farewell, my mother!
Bury me in the old churchyard
Beside my eldest brother.
My coffin shall be black,
Six angels at my back,
Two to sing and two to pray
And two to carry my soul away. 

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1916, page 22.

Excerpt is "the song that Brigid had taught him" that appears on page 22 of the first edition of the novel.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-07-22
Line count: 8
Word count: 41