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Category: Funny Burlesque Poems
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  LAMENT OF THE SCOTCH-IRISH EXILE  

Oh, I want to win me hame
    To my ain countrie,
The land frae whence I came
    Far away across the sea;
Bit I canna find it there, on the atlas anywhere,
And I greet and wonder sair
    Where the deil it can be?

I hae never met a man,
    In a' the warld wide,
Who has trod my native lan'
    Or its distant shores espied;
But they tell me there's a place where my hypothetic race
Its dim origin can trace--
    Tipperary-on-the-Clyde.

But anither answers: "Nae,
    Ye are varra far frae richt;
Glasgow town in Dublin Bay
    Is the spot we saw the licht."
But I dinna find the maps bearing out these pawkie chaps,
And I sometimes think perhaps
    It has vanished out o' sight.

Oh, I fain wad win me hame
    To that undiscovered lan'
That has neither place nor name
    Where the Scoto-Irishman
May behold the castles fair by his fathers builded there
Many, many ages ere
    Ancient history began.

    James Jeffrey Roche.


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