School: Cuan an Bhainigh (Bannow)

Carrick, Co. Wexford
Tomás Breatnach

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Farewell to Bannow - Supposed Reflection of Defending Emigrant

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0876, Page 007

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Farewell to thee Bannow forever,
The home of my childhood adieu,
Since fate has decreed it to sever,
Thy emerald hills from my view,
No more on the Banks shall I wander,
Save only in thought o'er the sea,
and mine shall no heart ere be fonder,
Dear Bannow, my birthplace of thee.

The foaming Atlantic's dark
I must wander o'er to seek rest,
A home in the land of the stranger, Remote in the far distant west.
But the beautiful star-spangled banner,
Whose folds have so long sheltered me,
I ne'er can forget in a manner,
Dear Bannow, forever and thee.
I am sad when I yield to reflection The bright scenes of youth fill my mind,
And fast flow the tears of affection, For friends I am leaving behind. But memory will bring them around me,
When I'm in the land of the free, and brighten the ties that have bound me,
My dear Bannow, my heart is with thee.

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