( A Lay for the R.I.C.)
So you've got on the jacket at last, Jim dear,
And you're now in the Force's ranks,
And there's nobody goin' to blame you here,
For 'tis little for blame's the thanks;
And you've schoolin' enough-you was always bright-
So you ought to know best what to do,
For you're ould enough, Jim, to know wrong from right,
And the coorse a boy ought to pursue.
But somehow, I don't rightly know, dear Jim,
You're no longer the same to me,
An'-'tis quare-but i feel my two eyes grow dim
Whinever your figure I see;
Yis, in troth, an' whinever you stand by my side
They fill up, an' me ould head I bow-
God be wid the bright time they'd grow dim with pride-
Maybe that's why they're tearful now.
Perhaps you know the best, but it seems to me,
Whinever you darken the doore,
As the times go now that the day may be
Whin across this same earthen floore,
Where I rocked you so often in blessed rest,
You will spread the cowld ruin and woe,
And sorrow you'll place in this poor breast,
That sheltered you years ago.
For ye see, Jim dear, you're no longer mine,
Since you've come their hirelin' to be,
An' the rifle beside ye explains by its shine
It might one day be fired at me;
Musha, God be with your young childhood's day,
Whin forninst me you'd walk so grand-
Wid your father's step-just to show the way
You would march for the dear ould land.
Ah! Jim, my dear Jim, shure a policeman
Mustn't own any heart at all,
Whin beside the bailiffs he takes his stan'
To tumble his own home-wall;
Whin he turns about in the market street
An' he murders his neighbour's son,
O' Jim, they say, for the dirty pay,
He'd be bound to murdher his own.
Farewell, alanna-your pouch is wrong,
An' the han'cuffs are seen inside,
God knows, achor, but it mayn't be long
By them same till my own are tied;
Whin you turn it on me, have yer bay'net keen-
It was done by many another;
Good-by, good-by--ye have found a Queen,
But, Jim! ye have lost a Mother!
Ref :- "Songs of the Irish Land War". by Thomas S. Cleary. - Pub, 1888, Dublin. W.P. Swan, Printer and Publisher, William- Street and Drury- Street.