Patrick's Day (Jack Myrick by MacEdward Leach)

Ye offspring of satan of ancient Hibernia,
True sons by adoption,
These few lines most sincere I'll submit,
To your careful perusal and likewise instruction:
Concerning a great and apostolic man,
Our glorious St Patrick, you shall understand,
He banished idolatry out of our land,
Made Erin to blaze with his zeal and emotion,
Religion to spring with the greatest of oceans,
And he left us the happiest isle on the ocean,
On Patrick's day in the morning.

When he came to our shore the land was spread o'er,
With witchcraft and darkest profanity,
'Twas deluged, I may say, by such gross evil ways,
It was pleasing to Beelzebub's fancy;
But the magic of Christ did all magic excel,
Those in soft sentiment he made them rebel,
Their worship did stop and their idols descend,
Our saviour's blessed name it was held through the nation,
The cross it was held in profound veneration,
And Erin complied in the name of salvation,
On Patrick's day in the morning.

Our blessed divine he was always inclined,
To fulfill the great will of his master,
Did innumerous trains of our clergy ordain,
Designed for to rule ever after;
By his holy exertion and sanctified skill,
The truths of the gospel he pure did distill,
Hibernia she shined like a torch on a hill,
The land that was always in Lucifer's fetters,
Would now style its island with saints and with letters,
And for learning all Europe to her they were debtors,
On Patrick's day in the morning.

Our saint he did smile when he viewed the sweet isle,
AlI flocked to his glorious standards,
Innumerous cries penetrated the skies,
In praise of our holy commander;
It's now on the verge of three hundred years,
Our church he supported with trouble and cares,
He stood by the doctrine he planted so dear,
In spite of seduction, oppressing and killing,
To this present day we got still seven million,
Who are always both ready and active,
And willing to ease the just cause in the morning.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional ballad with unknown source ....####

Collected in 1951 from John B (Jack) Myrick [1904-1954] of St Shott's, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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