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Happy St. Patrick's Day

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Happy St. Patrick's Day, to all the Irish, and the Irish at heart.

Here's an Irish folk-type song, penned by Thomas Moore round about 1800.

THE MINSTREL BOY

The Minstrel Boy to the war is gone

In the ranks of death you will find him;

His father's sword he hath girded on,

And his wild harp slung behind him;

"Land of Song!" said the warrior bard,

"Tho' all the world betrays thee,

One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,

One faithful harp shall praise thee!"

The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's chain

Could not bring that proud soul under;

The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again,

For he tore its chords asunder;

And said "No chains shall sully thee,

Thou soul of love and brav'ry!

Thy songs were made for the pure and free,

They shall never sound in slavery!"

Happy St. Patrick's day to you, too, Swoop.  I hope everyone enjoys themselves in some form tonight (not like me who has to work).

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