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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 2

Darlint Potheen

Darlint Potheen.

Arrah, lave me alone, boys, to sigh an' to moan, boys,
For sure it's mesilf that's in grief an' disthress;
They're taxin' the craythur, aginst human nathur;
They'll soon have this land in the divil's own mess.
We've kept up our sperrits, an' stood on our merits,
Before those ould Tories cum on to the scene;
But sure the bould Major was made for a guager,
Bad luck to the varmint who taxes potheen.

Sure vile digradashun must fall on the nation
That gives up its whisky for coffee or tay;
It stands sure to rayson that sorrow an' thraison
Must come whin our pluck an' our sperrits decay;
Our Thrishurer's ackshun may plaise a small facshun,
It's jist an injucemint for chaitin' the Queen,
Sly stills will be goin' where pure creeks are flowin'—
In spite o' the Major we'll have our potheen.

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In histhory's story we'll find Britain's glory
Is jew to the bottle, the keg, an' the flask;
Aitch hayro so stout, boys, was ne'er put to rout boys,
Bekays aitch bould warrior fought in his casque;
Should our legislachure now wather the craychur
Begorra there soon will be wigs on the green;
The beer an' the brewin' may all go to ruin
So long as they lave us our darlint potheen.

Paddy Murphy.