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96 BALL A.D POETRY
ORANGE AND GREEN.
BY GERALD GRIFFIN.
The night was falling dreary
In merry Bandon town,
When in his cottage weary.
An Orangeman lay down.
The summer sun in splendour
Had set upon the vale,
And shouts of " No surrender ! "
Arose upon the gale.
Beside the waters, laving
The feet of aged trees.
The Orange banners waving.
Flew boldly in the breeze —
In mighty chorus meeting,
A hundred voices join,
And fife and drum were beating
The Battle of the Boyne.
Ha ! tow'rd his cottage hieing.
What form is speeding now.
From yonder thicket flying,
With blood upon his brow ?
" Hide — hide me, worthy stranger !
Though green my colour be.
And in the day of danger
May heaven remember thee !
"In yonder vale contending
Alone against that crew,
My life and limbs defending,
An Orangeman I slew.

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