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The 12th of July

The 12th of July
 (Words: John Frazier [1804-1852], Music, SeÓn Tyrrell)

 Come pledge again your heart and your hand
 One grasp that never will sever
 Our password be our native land
 Our motto "Love forever"
 And let the Orange lily be
 Your badge my patriot brother
 The everlasting green for me
 And we for one another

 Behold how green the galant stem
 On which the flower is blooming
 How in one heavenly breeze and beam
 Both flower and stem are glowing
 The same good soil sustaining both
 Makes both united flourish
 But cannot give the orange growth
 And cease the green to nourish.

 The more that hand that plucks that flower
 Will vainly strive to cherish
 But in that our the stem blooms on
 The flower it begins to perish
 Regard them then of equal worth
 While last their genial weather
 The time's at hand when deep in earth
 They will both sink together.

 And even though it be in our country's cause
 Our party feelings blended
 'Til lasting peace from equal laws
 On both will have descended
 'Til the Orange lily be
 Your badge my patriot brother
 The everlasting green for me
 And we for one another.

 Sung by Sean Tyrrell on Cry of a Dreamer (1995)

John Frazier (1804-1852) A cabinet maker by trade, a poet
by every instinct that poetry holds dear. He lies in an
obscure corner of Glasnevin in an unmarked grave.
Born a Presbyterian, he exhorts all his countrymen then
and now to let the past bury its dead and walk hand-in-hand
into a loving future. In memory of Johnny Piggott
and to the people of both communities in Belfast, but
especially my long standing friends from the Shankill Rd.
(Sean Tyrrell)

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