Alfred Perceval Graves

Anglo-Irish poet, songwriter, and school inspector

Alfred Perceval Graves (22 July 184627 December 1931) was an Irish poet and songwriter; he was the father of Robert Graves.

Alfred Perceval Graves in 1911


  • Once the Bishop looked grave at your jest,
    Till this remark set him off wid the rest:
    "Is it lave gaiety
    All to the laity?
    Cannot the clargy be Irishmen too?"
    • Song, "Father O'Flynn".
  • The little red lark, like a rosy spark
    Of song, to his sun-burst flies;
    But till you are risen, earth is a prison,
    Full of my captive sighs.
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