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THE LEAFY COOL-KELLURE.*
(THE WHITE-BREASTED BOY.)
2. How we pray'd and pray'd of old, Blackbird,! with the crown of gold, That you'd cross the waters cold,
Erin's sorrows at last to cure. But you sought and sought in vain Succour out of France and Spain, None would help you here to reign, Blackbird, over the Cool-kellure.
3. Yet the Blackbird far above, Now I rank the Royal Dove, Who, at last, for Erin's love,
Wreathing with shamrock her bosom pure, O'er the dreadful flood's decrease Flutters with its spray of peace, To her bow'r of Queenly ease,
Nestling under the Cool-kellure.
* "The corner of the singing of birds." This poem refers to the late Queen Victoria's visit to Ireland in igoo, when she stayed in the Phcenix Park at Dublin.
t The Blackbird was a poetical name for Charles Edward.
H. 4868.
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