by Alfred Perceval Graves (1846 - 1931)

The lament
Language: English 
Ah why, Patrick Sarsfield, did we let your ships sail
Away to French Flanders from green Innisfail?
For far from your country you lie cold and low;
Ah why, Patrick Sarsfield, ah, why did you go?

We prayed, Patrick Sarsfield, to see you sail home, 
Your flag waving victory above the white foam.
But still in our fetters, poor slaves we live on;
For oh, Patrick Sarsfield, for oh, you are gone!


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This text was added to the website: 2015-04-08
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