"Arigna's Green Vale"

(Poem written by Patrick Dowd, brother of Mary Laydon, en-route to Australia circa 1880)

My friends of youth and eloquence
This pen I take in hand
To note some facts concerning
My own dear native land
Although I am now in exile
To you I will reveal
What nature has implanted
Around Arigna's Green Vale

Ascend the base on which to rest
The mountains of Gluckawn
Then cast your eyes around you
On Leitrim's pleasant lawns
And view Drumkeeran Chapel
With a tower ne'er to fail
Sending tones of heavenly music
To Arigna's green Vale

Beneath her crystal fountain
The trout and salmon bound
The woodcock and the partridge
Her headlands do abound
The music of the thrushes
Resound both hill and dell
From their nests that's strung with joy
Around Arigna's Green Vale

From Glencarrowcastle Mountain
The scene is most sublime
To view the Plains of Sligo
With its harvest home in time
The magnificence of Geevagh
With its flowery covered dells
Perfumes the air in magic
To Arigna's Green Vale

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