Oh! hail to Erin’s fair isle

Oh! hail to Erin’s fair isle. Henry Stephen “Hal” Ludlow (b. 1861; fl. 1879-1925). Source: Fun. Courtesy of the Suzy Covey Comic Book Collection in the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Click on image to enlarge it.

Oh! hail to Erin’s fair isle,
     The isle of contentment and quiet,
Whose sons wear an evergreen smile,
     Sworn foes to disturbance and riot.

Oh! hail to the Isle of the West,
     That ever calm and placid is;
The isle where children are blessed
     With potheen, and pigs, and pertaties.

Potheen = “whisky made in an illicit still, once a favourite drink in Ireland, now almost unattainable” (Dictionary.com); pertaties = potatoes.

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Last modified 29 April 2016