St. Patrick: He Was A Saint So Clever

ST. PATRICK.

St. Patrick was a gentleman,
and came of decent people;
He built a church in Dublin town,
And on it built a steple.
His father was a Hoolagan,
His sister an O’Grady.
His mother was a Mulligan,
And his wife the Widow Brady.

CHORUS.

Success attend St. Patrick’s fist,
He was a saint so clever;
He gave the snakes and toads a twist,
And banished them forever!

The Wicklow hills are very high,
And so’s the hill of Howth, air,
But there’s a hill that’s higher still,
And bigger than them both, sir.
I was from the top of that same hill
St. Patrick preached his sarmint
That drove the frogs into the bogs,
And banished all the varmint!

Success attend St. Patrick’s fist, &c.

Nine hundred thousand vipers blue
He charmed with sweet discourses,
And carved them up at Killadoo
In soups and second courses.
The blind worms crawling on the grass
Disgusted all the nation,
Till he opened their eyes and their hearts like wise,
To a sense of their situation!

Success attend St. Patrick’s fist, &c.

There’s not a mile through Ireland’s isle
Where the dirty creatures musters!
But there he put his dear forefoot,
And murdered them in clusters.
The toads went pop the frogs went slop,
Slap dash into the water.
And the snakes committed suicide
To save themselves from slaughter!

Success attend St. Patrick’s fist, &c.

No wonder that the Irish boys
Are all so brave and frisky,
For sure St. Patrick taught them that,
And the way of making whisky.
No wonder that the saint himself
Was handy at dishtilling,
fir his mother kept a shebe?n house
In the town of Enniskillen!

CHORUS.
Success attend St. Patrick’s fist,
He was a saint so clever,
He gave the snakes and toads a twist,
And banished them forever.

Titusville Morning Herald (Titusville, PA) Mar 17, 1871

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