St. Patrick's Day Commemorates the Turning

Music: Betty MacNeill.
By Turlough O'Carolan.
Sequenced at the Ancient Music of Ireland.

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SSt. Patrick's Day commemorates the turning
To Christianity of Irish clans.
Perhaps, if you're not Irish, there's no burning
Ache to march, so you've got other plans.
The day, however, marks a special moment
Regarding the persuasion of us all.
Islands are not islands of the spirit;
Callings come to more than hear the call.
Know that we are one, and Irish monks
'Ere we were born redeemed us with their prayers,
Sang our chants and gave our gracious thanks,
Died our deaths and climbed our golden stairs.
All changed for all after Patrick's day;
Years turn, and yet their winds within us play.




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