PATRICK'S DAY SONG
OF THE VOLUNTEERS OF IRELAND
from Rivington's Royal
New York's Loyal American Newspaper
lyrics by Barny Thomson,
Piper to that Regiment:
Performed Fri. 17 March 1780, at
Jamaica, Long Island, at St. Patrick's Day dinner, under Col.
Lord Rawdon, and published Sat. 18 March.
Success to the shamrogue, and all those
who wear it,
Be honour their portion wherever they go,
May riches attend them, and store of good claret,
For how to employ them sure none better know;
Every foe surveys them with terror,
But every silk petticoat wishes them nearer,
So Yankees keep off, or you'll soon learn your error,
For Paddy shall prostrate lay every foe.
This day, (but the year I can't rightly determine)
St. Patrick the vipers did chase from this land,
Let's see if like him we can't sweep off the vermin
Who dare 'gainst the sons of the shamrogue to stand;
Hand in hand let's carol this chorus,
"As long as the blessings of Ireland hang o'er us,
The crest of rebellion shall tremble before us,
Like brothers while thus we march hand in hand!"
St. George & St. Patrick, St. Andrew, St.
Together they laugh at all Europe in arms,
Fair conquest her standard has o'er their heads waved
And glory has on them conferr'd all her charms!
War's alarms to us are a pleasure,
Since honour our danger repays in full measure,
And all those who join us shall find we have leisure,
To think of our sport ev'n in war's alarms.
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