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Overcoming (Poem)

How shall I a habit break?
As you did that habit make.
As you gathered, you must lose;
As you yielded, now refuse.
Thread by thread the strands we twist
Till they bind us neck and wrist,
Thread by thread the patient hand
Must untwine ere free we stand.
As we builded, stone by stone,
We must toil, unhelped, alone,
Till the wall is overthrown.

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John Boyle O'Reilly

  • Born on June 28th, 1844 at Dowth Castle, County Meath, near Drogheda in Ireland and died on August 10th, 1890.
  • A poet, journalist and fiction writer.
  • Settled in Charlestown, Boston
  • Member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood.

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