My heart’s desire was like a garden seen On sudden through the opening of a door In the grey sheet of life, unguessed before But now how magic in sun-smitten green: Wide cedar-shaded lawns, the glow and sheen Of borders decked with all a gardener’s lore, Long shaven hedges of old yew, hung o’er With gossamer,
Winifred M. Letts
Winifred M. Letts was a novelist, playwright, and poet. Born in England in 1882, she moved to Ireland as a young woman. Her collections include More Songs from Leinster (John Murray, 1926), The Spires of Oxford and Other Poems (E. P. Dutton and Company, 1918), Hallow-e’en and Poems of the War (John Murray, 1916), and Songs from Leinster (John Murray, 1913). Letts, who served as a masseuse in army camps during World War I, famously wrote about her experiences during the war, as well as the joys of rural life in Ireland. She died in 1972.