School: Achadh Mhaoláin (roll number 9254)

Aghawillin, Co. Leitrim
Mrs Prior
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0226, Page 322

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  1. In the district where I live there lived some years ago who had a taste for composing songs. This man imigrated to America and while there he composed the following song.
    Though far away on the boundless prarie
    My heart still lingers beyond the sea
    Through dear old Ireland, my native sireland
    My spirit wanders with fancy free.
    By Blackwater banks and Bawn mill
    and viewed the scenes which my visions bounded
    By Ballinamore and sweet Clover-hill.
    I wandered down through that peaceful valley
    Down by Lough Derg and Downpatrick's mound
    Where the Saits and Sages of former ages
    Repose in peace under holy ground.
    O'er bog and mountain through stream and fountain
    While passing onwards I paused and wept
    At Fenagh, Drumreilly and Inch Island
    Where our friends, relations and parents sleep.
    Then drawing nearer with visions clearer
    At Aughawillan new Church I stand
    And gazed all round on the changed conditions
    Since boyhood years in my native land.
    Old friends are scattered, their homes are shattered
    By ruthless tyrants who did dispoil
    (continues on next page)
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. genre
      1. poetry
        1. folk poetry (~9,504)
    John Patrick Flynn
    Michael Flynn
    Knocks, Co. Leitrim