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FRANCIS MAHONY

1805-1866

684                                        The Bells of Shandon

WITH deep affection,
And recollection,
I often think of
 Those Shandon bells,
Whose sounds so wild would,
In the days of childhood,
Fling around my cradle
 Their magic spells.
On this I ponder
Whereer I wander,
And thus grow fonder,
 Sweet Cork, of thee;
With thy bells of Shandon,
That sound so grand on
The pleasant waters
 Of the River Lee.
Ive heard bells chiming
Full many a clime in,
Tolling sublime in
 Cathedral shrine,
While at a glib rate
Brass tongues would vibrate
But all their music
 Spoke naught like thine;
For memory, dwelling
On each proud swelling
Of the belfry knelling
 Its bold notes free,
Made the bells of Shandon
Sound far more grand on
The pleasant waters
 Of the River Lee.
Ive heard bells tolling
Old Adrians Mole in,
Their thunder rolling
 From the Vatican,
And cymbals glorious
Swinging uproarious
 In the gorgeous turrets
Of Notre Dame;
But thy sounds were sweeter
Than the dome of Peter
 Flings oer the Tiber,
Pealing solemnly
O, the bells of Shandon
Sound far more grand on
 The pleasant waters
Of the River Lee.

Theres a bell in Moscow,
While on tower and kiosk O!
In Saint Sophia
 The Turkman gets,
And loud in air
Calls men to prayer
From the tapering summits
 Of tall minarets.
Such empty phantom
I freely grant them;
But theres an anthem
 More dear to me,
Tis the bells of Shandon,
That sound so grand on
The pleasant waters
 Of the River Lee.

 

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