School: Stonetown, Louth (roll number 16431)

Location:
Stonetown Lower, Co. Louth
Teacher:
P. Ó Dubháin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0668, Page 286

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Teach - teach - teach,
Poor weight of the toiling brain
Teach - teach - teach,
Drag out life's weary chain
Sum and lesson and task
Task and lesson and sum,
With a ceaseless round of deadening sound,
While the cheerless hours come.


Teach - teach - teach,
While your's is a prisoner's doom,
Your thoughts and feelings pent up aye
In a dusty, dismal room.
The glorious light of the sun
And the music of singing birds,
No gladness bring on Hope's bright wing,
Nor whisper soothing words.

Teach - teach - teach,
Consume the midnight oil
The lamp of knowledge must still be fed
What matter the cost and toil
Through Learning's vast domain,
Like a struggling pilgrim's roam,
And the hard-wrought mind can never find
A peaceful rest at home.

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Collector
(name not given)
Gender
unknown
Informant
Rielly
Gender
male
Occupation
principal
Address
Nobber, Co. Meath
Language
English