St. Patrick Rid the Emerald Isle of Snakes

Music: Miss Noble.
By Turlough O'Carolan.
Sequenced at Ancient Music of Ireland.

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St. Patrick rid the emerald isle of snakes,
Though only those that crawl upon the ground.
Perhaps not even he had what it takes,
Although a puissant saint, and well renowned,
To cast out those whose children still abound.
Remaining in our hearts, as when of old
In Eden green they tempted us to sin,
Cold and lean they grow more passing bold,
Knowing we've cast out the saint within.

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