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Portadown In sixteen hundred and forty one those Fenians formed a plan To massacre us Protestants down by the River Bann To massacre us Protestants and not to spare a man But to drive us down like a heard of swine into the River Bann Brave Porter fell a victim, because he did intend To help his brother Protestants heir lives for to defend The blood did stain the waters red, their bones lay all around As they drove them down into the Bann that flows through Portadown A lady living in Loughgall and with her children five She begged for the sake of them to let her be alive That she might go to England her husband there to see And to live in peace and unity and far from Popery But O they would not hear her cry, they placed her on the ground And after having tortured her the six of them they bound They said, "You are a heretic, the Pope you do defy And its from this bridge in Portadown this day your doom to die." And after having tortured her to a pain she could not stand Down through the streets of Portadown they dragged her to the Bann O'Shane appointed as her guard to guide her on her way And the thought of five young children was leading her astray At least the hundred faithful souls in Portadown were slain All were the deeds of Popery their wicked ords to gain But god sent down brave Cromwell our Deliverer to be And he put down Popery in this land us Protestants set free King William soon came after him and planted at the Boyne An Orange Tree there that we should bear in mind How Popery did murder us Protestants did drown The bones of some can still be seen this day in Portadown. note: The incident occurred in 1641, when the town was taken by the rebels, led by Toole McCann, acting under the orders of Sir Phelim O'Neill. CB
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