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86 The National Music of America.
" Ara! but why does he stay behind ? Ho! by my soul, 'tis a Protestant wind.
" But see de Tyrconnel is now come ashore And we shall have commissions galore.
" An he dat will not go to de Mass Shall be turn out, an look like an ass.
" Now, now de hereticks all shall go down By Chrish and St. Patrick de nation's our own.
" Dere was an old prophecy found in a bog, ' Ireland shall be ruled by an ass and a dog.'
" And now dis prophecy is come to pass For Talbote's de dog' and James is de ass."
More trivial words were never written, but the pretty music sugar-coated the pill, and " Lilliburlero " entered the list of great revo­lutionary songs. We append the quickstep of Purcell.
If James II. gave rise to this historical song, his son gave rise to better music, and his grandson to infinitely finer ballads.
1A pun is here intended, for a " Talbot" is a large hunting hound.
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