Beware The Nore where Merrow* dwell—
Beware The Nore where Merrow* Anon.
From out the Devil’s Bit a spring,
the river, deep and darkening,
wears limestone walls
down the Vale of Knockanaire;
then its tossing torrents tear
through Noreland Falls,
whence it flows, sans foil or let
until beneath Mount Juliet
it slows and stalls.
There nightly from a brooding pool,
wherein the pig-eyed Merrow rule,
a Merrow calls.
The men who hear the cry she makes,
unfortunates whom god forsakes,
the Merrow takes.
* Merrow, water demons, the males are ugly and warlike, the females beautiful and charming.
“The Merrow” previously appeared in The Bad Habits of Little Boys.