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Elegy on the Death of Mrs Chichester-Constable, Formerly of Runnamoat House

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0263, Page 143

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Elegy on the Death of Mrs Chichester-Constable, formerly of Runnamoat House, Ballymacurley, Co Roscommon.
My friend sincere that I held dear,
From this world was called away;
A double casket holds her remains, cold,
And mouldring foot to clay.
Her peaceful dying was most edifying
Full conscious to her last breath
And joined in prayer her family there
To the moment of her happy death.

Lying in state her remains did wait,
In the Chapel at Burton Constable Hall,
The parting scene laid in mausoleum
The mourners tears like rain did fall.
Death closed the career of that lady so dear
To husband, children and the neighbours all
Left in mourning her home historically known
As "Famed Burton Constable Hall."
Friends in Runnamoat in their sorrow I wrote
Peals out their old time mead of praise
She was loved and well known - 'twas her Irish home
In the long past happy days.
A hostess gentle so handsome and gentle
And alway courteous to me when I'd call

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Patrick (Senior) Dayer
Ballyglass (Mahon), Co. Galway