What Irish Boys Can Do
H. DE MARSAN, Publisher, 54 Chatham Street, New-York.
What Irish Boys can Do.
They insult an Irishman, and think nought of what they say;
They’ll call him green, an Irish bull: it happens every day.
Now to these folks I’ll say a word; to sing a song I’ll try,
And answer to those dirty words: No Irish need apply!
So, if you’ll give attention, I’ll sing my song to you,
And the subject of this song shall be: What Irish boys can do.
If you’d come to Ireland, they’d treat you well, I’m sure;
Pat would share his last potato with the destitute and poor;
If you were sick and weary, and had no place to rest,
The bed you’d get, though poor perhaps, would be Pat’s very best.
He’d nurse you, too: he would that, and give you whisky, too;
And you cannot find a nobler act than Irishmen can do.
Did you ever know an Irishman from any danger flinch?
In fighting, too, he’d rather die than give his foe an inch.
Among the bravest in the world are the sons of Erin’s green isle.
Sure, the Iron Duke of Wellington was a native of the soil;
And didn’t he badly whip the French on the plains of Waterloo?
Which plainly showed to the whole world what Irishmen can do.
Old Ireland’s had her warriors, who fought both true and brave;
Pat’s assisted every nation, on the land and on the wave.
And poets, too, she’s had: yes, many and many a score;
Where can you find much brighter stars than Lover or Tom Moore?
Old Ireland’s had her actors, and authors not a few;
And things of wit and humor the Irish all can do.
Did you ne’er hear tell of Sheridan, or of lamented Catharine Hays!
Did you ne’er see fun in Irish songs, or laugh at Irish plays?
Old Ireland’s had her statesmen: their fame the wide world rings!
She’s likewise had musicians to tune her old harp’ strings!
Not all Irish girls are beautiful, but then they’re always true,
And, for faith and generosity, the Irish girls will do.
And then, too, in the present war between the North and South,
Let no dirty slur on Irish ever escape your mouth;
Sure, did you ne’er hear tell of the 69th, who bravely
fought at Bull-Run?
And Meagher, of the seven days fight, that was in front
With General Shields, who fought so brave for the
Flag Red, White, and Blue?
And anything like a bayonet-charge the Irish boys can do.
Then, why slur upon the Irish? Why are they treated so?
What is it you have against them? is what I want to know.
Sure, they work for all they get, and that you can’t deny!
Then, why insult them with the words: No Irish need apply?
If you want to find their principles, go search the wide
And you’ll find all things that’s noble the Irish folks can do.