• Michael Mullins
  • Michael "The Bard" Mullin
  • "The Bard of Foremass"
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    A Happy Valley

    Clasped in the hills’ embrace, this vale reclines –
    Like a sweet child within its mother’s arms;
    Blows the cool wind, and the warm sunlight shines
    On cosy cottages and peaceful farms.

    This is my home.  It is a day of June,
    I am reclining in my favourite spot;
    So near a river that I hear its croon –
    So far from cities that I know them not.

    I love this happy valley and this stream
    With love deep-rooted, permanent, and strong;
    Here I perform my task, I dream my dream,
    I sow and reap, and sing my simple song.

    The song I sing may not be great or grand,
    The test of time it may not long endure;
    But it still fills my soul with solace and
    My heart with pleasure that is sweet and pure.

    Michael Mullin

    ‘The Bard of Foremass’

    Foremass Lower, Sixmilecross, Co. Tyrone.