School: Mulhuddart (roll number 16675)

Location:
Mulhuddart, Co. Dublin
Teacher:
Tomás Ó Broin

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Wren Boys

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0790, Page 123

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The "Wran" the "Wran" the King of all birds
On Stephens Day she was caught in the firs
Although she was small her family was great
Rise up landlady and give us a treat.
We chased her up and we chased her down,
We chased her up to Buzzardstown
We walked on sand and yellow clay
We found this Wran upon our way.
We split her skull and we broke her toe
And this is the way the "Wran Boys" go
So up with the "kittle" and down with the pan
A penny or twopence to bury the Wran.

The "Wran" the "Wran" the King of all birds
On Stephens Day she was caught in the firs
We chased her up and we chased down
We chased her into a brandy shop
We tipped her head in a barrell of beer
We wish you all a Happy New Year
So up with the "kittle" and down with the pan
A penny or tuppence to bury the "Wran"

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Collector
George Carr
Gender
male
Address
Parslickstown, Co. Dublin
Language
English