• Michael Mullins
  • Michael "The Bard" Mullin
  • "The Bard of Foremass"
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    ‘twill soon be Spring in Ireland

    ‘Twill soon be spring in Ireland
        Though I shall not be there
    To hear the corncrakes loudly
    And cuckoos just as proudly
        Their pretty names declare.
    Where neighbours say “God save you”
       These spring  birds seem to say,
    “God save you kindly, neighbours
    And bless you at your labours
        And cheer you at your play.

    I’ve been so long from Ireland
        I fear when I return
    I’ll seek in vain the faces
    Of old friends in old places
        And I’ll be left to mourn.
    And I fear I’ll be forgotten
        And I fear there will be few
    Old voices to remind me
    Of youth left far behind me
        Save the corncrake and cuckoo.
    Foremass Lower, Sixmilecross. Co. Tyrone.