Mrs. Tancred is making her way down the stairs in the tenement block
Start: Me home is gone, now; he was me only child, an' to think that he was lyin' for a whole night stretched out on the side of a lonely counthry lane, with his head, his darlin' head, that I ofen kissed an' fondled, half hidden in the wather of a runnin' brook.
End: Sacred Heart of the Crucified Jesus, take away our hearts o' stone ... an' give us hearts o' flesh! . . . Take away this murdherin' hate . . an' give us Thine own eternal love!
For the full, extended monologue, please see:
Sean O'Casey, _Three Dublin Plays: "Shadow of a Gunman", "Juno and the Paycock" and "Plough and the Stars", Faber and Faber, 1998. _
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