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The Irish are famous for their mastery of the English language and writing prowess. The small island has produced an amazing number of playwrights, novelists and poets. As our wake is very interactive, and we encourage audience members to come up and share a song, a joke or a poem, here’s a sample of one of our favorite poetic toasts. As you can see, not all eulogies need be comedic. This poem will be used at the wake so please bring a different poem you have found or one you have written and share it with us all when you come up to eulogize Paddy.

The Parting Glass

Paddy…
All the money you ever had
You spent it in good company.
All the harm you did,
Alas it was to none but thee.
All the comrades you ever had
Are sorry for your going away.
All the lovers you ever had
They wished you one more night would stay.
But since it fell into my lot
That I should rise and you should not,
I’ll gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all.
So raise to Paddy the parting glass
And drink to health what ‘er befalls
And gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all.

 

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