Thomas Moore ( )


From Irish Melodies. 50. Oh, the Shamrock


                    Through Erins Isle
                    To sport awhile
                As Love and Valour wanderd,
                    With Wit, the sprite,
                    Whose quiver bright
                A thousand arrows squanderd;
                    Whereer they pass,
                    A triple grass
                Shoots up, with dew-drops streaming,
                    As softly green
                    As emeralds seen
                Through purest crystal gleaming.
          Oh the Shamrock, the green, immortal Shamrock!
                    Chosen leaf
                    Of Bard and Chief,
                Old Erins native Shamrock!

                    Says Valour, "See,
                    They spring for me,
                Those leafy gems of morning!" 
                    Says Love, "No, no,
                    For me they grow,
                My fragrant path adorning."
                    But Wit perceives
                    The triple leaves,
                And cries, "Oh! do not sever
                    A type that blends
                    Three godlike friends,
                Love, Valour, Wit, for ever!"
          Oh, the Shamrock, the green, immortal Shamrock!
                    Chosen leaf, etc.

                    So firmly fond
                    May last the bond
                They wove that morn together,
                    And neer may fall
                    One drop of gall
                On Wits celestial feather.
                    May Love, as twine
                    His flowers divine,
                Of thorny falsehood weed em:
                    May Valour neer
                    His standard rear
                Against the cause of Freedom!
          Oh the Shamrock, the green, immortal Shamrock!
                    Chosen leaf, etc.



Thomas Moore's other poems:
  1. From The Odes of Anacreon. Ode 46
  2. From The Odes of Anacreon. Ode 60
  3. From The Odes of Anacreon. Ode 19
  4. From The Odes of Anacreon. Ode 9
  5. From The Odes of Anacreon. Ode 50


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