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Poem by Samuel Lover

The Blarney

There is a certain coign-stone on the summit of Blarney Castle, in the county of Cork, the kissing of which is said to impart the gift of persuasion. Hence the phrase, applied to those who make a flattering speech, You ve kissed the Blarney Stone.

O, DID you neer hear of the Blarney
That s found near the banks of Killarney?
          Believe it from me,
          No girls heart is free,
Once she hears the sweet sound of the Blarney.
For the Blarney s so great a deceiver,
That a girl thinks you re there, though you leave her;
          And never finds out
          All the tricks you re about,
Till she s quite gone herselfwith your Blarney.

O, say, would you find this same Blarney?
There s a castle, not far from Killarney,
          On the top of its wall
          (But take care you dont fall)
There s a stone that contains all this Blarney.
Like a magnet, its influence such is,
That attraction it gives all it touches;
          If you kiss it, they say,
          From that blessed day
You may kiss whom you please with your Blarney.

Samuel Lover

Poem Theme: Castles

Samuel Lover's other poems:
  1. Barney O'Hea
  2. The Angel's Whisper
  3. The Falling Star
  4. Widow Machree
  5. Ned of the Hill

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