William Butler Yeats

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Please give a summary of "The Ballad of Father Gilligan."

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"The Ballad of Father Gilligan" concerns an extremely humble and pious priest who is exhausted from trying to care for all of his flock and meeting their needs. In particular, he seems preoccupied that his job involves dealing with the death of so many of his flock:

"I have no rest, nor joy, nor peace,

For people die and die";

And after cried he, "God forgive!

My body spake, not I!"

Note here how in this stanza we see his exhaustion combined with his natural humility and piety. In a moment...

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