• Michael Mullins
  • Michael "The Bard" Mullin
  • "The Bard of Foremass"
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    The Secret

    I sampled the sun and the rain of life,
    I sifted the chaff from the grain of life,
    I tested the joy and the pain of life,
    The tear, the sigh and the song.

    I weighed the crown and the cross of life
    Against the gold and the dross of life;
    I counted the profit and loss of life
    In the battle of Right and Wrong.

    I probed the soul and the heart of life;
    I searched to the end from the start of life
    I scrutinised every part of life
    For the secret of life’s plan.

    And love I found through the whole of life,
    Is the real, ideal goal of life;
    True love is the true soul of life –
    As hate is the death of Man.

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