Toast from an Irish colleen, song

Maggie McGee, singing in English
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I went to a party consisting of four
And as it was private we soon closed the door
There was a young girl from England and another from Wales
And one that resided near Scotland's fair dales.

As we sat there in friendship and drank of the wine
Each talked of their country I told them of mine
The rose leek and thistle unconquered unseen
Then said I here's a toast from an Irish Colleen.

Here's to old Ireland her sons and her daughters
Here's to old Ireland it’s a shamrock I mean
May the sun always shine on the round towers of Ireland
That’s a toast from the heart of an Irish colleen.

The Welsh girl got up in defence of a leek
Saying I drink to my country each day of the week
Then the lassie from Scotland with a tear in her eye
Gave a toast to the thistle no Scotsmen deny.

The English girl then gave a toast to the rose
And said with a rage we could thrash all her foes
And though I am not willing to cause any pain
I would like you to join in my chorus once again.

Here's to old Ireland her sons and her daughters
Here's to her emblem to the shamrock I mean
May the sun always shine on the round towers of Ireland
Here’s a toast from the heart of an Irish colleen.

I own not with traitors no matter what cause
All that I want is just honest laws
And the man who’s ashamed of the land whence he came
He is no man worthy of a name.

I own as a flower that I do love of the rose
It’s the sweetest of flowers in the garden that grows
But between love and respect there's a vast gulf between
And the shamrocks depart for an Irish colleen.

Here's to old Ireland her sons and her daughters
Here's to our emblem it’s the shamrock I mean
May the sun always shine on the round towers of Ireland
That’s a toast from the heart of an Irish colleen.