People I Don't Want to Meet

There are people who say
It is wrong to be gay
In this workaday world of ours;
They live far apart
From the pleasures of art
Discarding sweets for sours.
One would think from their creeds
God gave us the weeds,
And the devil provided the flowers.

Of course I’m aware,
Earthly joys are a snare,
And the laugh from my lips I should banish,
I ought to throw dust
O my head-but I must
Catch that silvery gleam ere it vanish.
As my colours combine,
What a kingdom is mine!
Though most of my castles are Spanish.

Prose, Poems & Parodies of Percy French, 1980, Helicon Limited, Dublin.


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  • Friday €50
  • Students €19

¹ Thursday 18th July: Strictly Ticket Holders only, Closing date Friday 12th July. Tickets not available on that day.

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The 16th Percy French Festival

Our Great Disconnect

17th, 18th, 19th July 2024

At Castlecoote House

The Percy French Festival 2024 acknowledges the major support of Excel Industries; Whyte’s; CastleAcre; C&F Quadrant Ltd; Davies Group; Hidden Ireland.

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