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Milesian
Friday, November 7th, 2003, 09:33 AM
*This old Irish song written by P.J Mc Call relates to the Rebellion of 1798 and to one of Wexford's heroes,Father Murphy,whom the British burned on the rack.


At Boolavogue as the sun was setting o'er the bright May meadows of Shelmalier
A rebel hand set the heather blazing and brought the neighbours from far and near.
Then Father Murphy from Old Kilcormac spurred up the rock with a warning cry,
'Arm, arm' he cried 'for i've come to lead you,for Ireland's freedom we'll fight or die'.


He led us on 'gainst the coming soldiers and the cowardly yeomen we put to flight.
'Twas at the harrow the boys of Wexford showed Bookey's regiment how men could fight.
Look out for hirelings,King George of England,search every kingdom where breathes a slave,
For Father Murphy of the county Wexford sweeps o'er the land like a mighty wave.

We took Camolin and Enniscorthy and Wexford storming drove out our foes.
'Twas at Slieve Coilte our pikes were reeking with the crimson blood of the beaten Yeos.
At Tubberneery and Ballyellis full many a Hessian lay in his gore.
Ah!Father Murphy had aid come over and the Green Flag floated from shore to shore!

At Vinegar Hill o'er the pleasant Slaney our heroes vainly stood back to back,
And the Yeos of Tallow took Father Murphy and burnt his body upon the rack.
God grant you glory brave Father Murphy,and open heaven to all your men
The cause that called you may call tomorrow in another fight for the green again.