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Cashcl Tipperary Ballylee (W. B. Synge) Elphin (Oliver Goldsmith) Coole Park (Lady Gregory) Cloyne (Bishop Berkeley) French Park (Douglas Hyde) Ballyshannon {Wm. f Ben A Bufhe11 LYRICAL Crossways 3 Crosswqys was a heading first given by Yeats to a group of poems in P (1895), most of which were taken from an earlier volume (WO), with the exception of two ballads, 'The Ballad of Father O'Hart' and 'The Ballad of the Foxhunter', which, as Yeats wrote in the Preface to P (1895), were 'written at the same time, though published later', in CK.

Yeats's schoolfriend Charles Johnston read books by A. P. Sinnett (184o-I921), The Occult World (1881) and Esoteric Buddhism (1883), and then read a paper on Theosophy at the Dublin Hermetic Society in 1885, which Yeats heard. Johnston was indignant when Madame Blavatsky was denounced as a charlatan before the Society for Psychical Research in London in 1 885, and he founded 6 Crosswqys 13-14 a Dublin Lodge in 1886. Yeats and George Russell refused to join, but when Yeats's family moved to London in May 1887 Yeats was impressed by Madame Blavatsky and joined the London Lodge.

Jnsale : fishing port in Co. Cork 32 boreen: Ir. for lane keenin'; see note (p. I7) on line O'Hart' (CP 23) 48 22 'The Ballad of Father 49 she: Saul (PYP 50) comments that this refers to the dead child. 27 THE BALLAD OF THE FOXHUNTER The original tide was 'The Ballad of the Old Fox-hunter' in the first published version, in East and West (Nov. I889). The second printing, in UI (28 May I892), added 'An incident from Kickham's "Knocknagow"' and Yeats's note remarked that the ballad founded on this incident from Knocknagow was probably in its turn a transcript from Tipperary tradition.

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