The MAYWIND Poetry Page

was started on June 9, 1997 with a few lines written by James Joyce, famous author of Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939), two cornerstones in the history of modern writing. The lines below belong to Joyce's first work to be published. The collection of poems entitled Chamber Music appeared 1907 (Elkin Mathews, London). The text below is taken from the 1971 edition of Jonathan Cape, London, ISBN 0 224 00605 3,a reprint of the 1927 Jonathan Cape edition.

   Winds of May, that dance on the sea,
      Dancing a ringaround in glee
   From furrow to furrow, while overhead
   The foam flies up to be garlanded
   In silvery arches spanning the air,
   Saw you my truelove anywhere?
         Welladay! Welladay!
         For the winds of May!
      Love is unhappy when love is away!

                              James Joyce
                              Chamber Music

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