William Percy French

(1854 - 1920 / Elphin / Ireland)

Quotations

  • ''''Tis all dependin' whether
    The ould engin' howlds together—'
    'And it might now, Michael, so it might!'''
    William Percy French (1854-1920). "Are Ye Right There, Michael?" (A Lay of the Wild West Clare) (l. 58-60). WTO. World Treasury of Oral Poetry, A. Ruth Finnegan, ed. (1978) Indiana University Press.
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  • ''Have ye got the parcel there for Mrs White?
    Ye haven't! Oh, begorra!
    Say it's comin' down tomorra—
    And it might now, Michael, so it might!'''
    William Percy French (1854-1920). "Are Ye Right There, Michael?" (A Lay of the Wild West Clare) (l. 27-30). . . World Treasury of Oral Poetry, A. Ruth Finnegan, ed. (1978) Indiana University Press.
  • '''Are ye right there, Michael? are ye right?
    Do you think that we'll be there before the night?
    Ye've been so long in startin',
    That ye couldn't say for sartin'—
    Still ye might now, Michael, so ye might!'''
    William Percy French (1854-1920). "Are Ye Right There, Michael?" (A Lay of the Wild West Clare) (l. 11-15). . . World Treasury of Oral Poetry, A. Ruth Finnegan, ed. (1978) Indiana University Press.

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Abdul Abulbul Amir

The sons of the Prophet are brave men and bold
And quite unaccustomed to fear,
But the bravest by far in the ranks of the Shah,
Was Abdul Abulbul Amir.

If you wanted a man to encourage the van,
Or harass the foe from the rear,
Storm fort or redoubt, you had only to shout
For Abdul Abulbul Amir.

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