• Michael Mullins
  • Michael "The Bard" Mullin
  • "The Bard of Foremass"
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    A Farmer’s prayer

    Help me O Lord! to lead an honest life –
    A holy rather than a happy one
    Protect my little children, bless my wife,
    And give me strength for tasks yet to be done.

    To till these fields where my sires laboured long;
    To hold the farm they handed down to me;
    (They loved it with love permanent and strong,
    And dear to my heart it will ever be).

    To labour ‘mid the freshness of the fields;
    With comrade birds and butterflies and flowers;
    To do my part, trusting to Thee for yields.
    Help me O Lord! through the long working hours.

    To toil with spade or hoe or scythe or plough;
    To plant the little seeds in ready loam;
    To feel the cool breeze on my sweating brow; –
    And when the work’s all done, to hear Thy “Come”.

    MICHAEL MULLIN ‘The Bard of Foremass’
    Foremass Lower, Sixmilecross, Co. Tyrone.