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Happy St. Patrick's Day
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: March 17, 2005 02:11PM

From The Anthology of Irish Verse

A Complete Account of the Various Colonizations of Ireland as Delivered by the Sage Fintan

By Anonymous


SHOULD any enquire about Eirinn,
It is I who can tell him the truth,
Concerning the deeds of each daring
Invader, since Time was a youth.

First Cassir, Bith’s venturesome daughter,
Came here o’er the Eastern Sea;
And fifty fair damsels she brought her—
To solace her warriors three.

Bith died at the foot of his mountain,
And Ladra on top of his height;
And Cassir by Boyle’s limpid fountain,
Ere rushed down the Flood in its might.

For a year, while the waters encumber
The Earth, at Tul-Tunna of strength,
I slept, none enjoyed such sweet slumber
As that which I woke from at length.

When Partholan came to the island,
From Greece, in the Eastern land,
I welcomed him gaily to my land,
And feasted the whole of his band.

Again, when Death seized on the strangers,
I roamed the land, merry and free,
Both careless and fearless of dangers,
Till blithe Nemid came o’er the sea.

The Firbolgs and roving Fir-Gallians,
Came next like the waves in their flow;
The Fir-Dennans arrived in battalions,
And landed in Erris—Mayo.

Then came the wise Tuatha-de-Danann,
Concealed in black clouds from their foe;
I feasted with them near the Shannon,
Though that was a long time ago.

After them came the Children of Milé,
From Spain, o’er the Southern waves:
I lived with the tribes as their Filea
And chanted the deeds of their braves.

Time ne’er my existence could wither,
From Death’s grasp I always was freed:
Till Patrick, the Christian, came hither
To spread the Redeemer’s pure creed.

My name it is Fintan, the Fair-man,
Of Bochra, the son, you must know it;
I lived through the Flood in my lair, man,
I am now an illustrious poet.


Re: Happy St. Patrick's Day
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: March 17, 2005 02:27PM

Some Irish toasts, and other prattle:

[www.stpatricksday.com] />
There are good ships,
and there are wood ships,
the ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships are friendships,
and may they always be.


Les


Re: Happy St. Patrick's Day
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: March 17, 2005 03:18PM

"when Irish guys are drinking
then there's sure to be a fight"

Paddy O Blarney with Tommy Mayhem
The Uncle Floyd Show


Re: Happy St. Patrick's Day
Posted by: J.H.SUMMERS (---.chartertn.net)
Date: March 17, 2005 06:13PM

What is blue, yellow, green, Irish and found on your deck?

Paddy O' Furniture

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

john


Re: Happy St. Patrick's Day
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-05rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: March 17, 2005 06:42PM


Re: Happy St. Patrick's Day
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-05rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: March 17, 2005 06:43PM

Heck, doesn't link for whatever reason:

[tinyurl.com]


Re: Happy St. Patrick's Day
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: March 17, 2005 10:00PM

Hugh, never let it be said that there is no such thing as a clean limerick:

God's plan made a hopeful beginning,
But Man spoilt his chances by sinning;
We trust that the story
Will end in great glory,
But at present the other side's winning.

Les




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