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St Patrick

54 55 saInt Paddy a fine figure of a saint The stereotype Patrick, the national patron saint, is not a figure he would recognise, though he might enjoy having the shamrock as his legacy. He devoted his life to bringing Christian concepts to country people, and it certainly is a metaphor to be proud of. Moreover Patrick still has much to say. His belief in direct personal relationships with God and inner spiritual experiences should appeal to many who are searching for a path. Irishmen are anyway generally pleased to be called Paddies. They are proud of their patron saint, and his robust personality. He has even inspired a gently witty Music Hall song. Oh Saint Patrick was a gentleman Who came of decent people He built a church in Dublin town And put on it a steeple. Oh the Wicklow hills are very high And sos the Hill of Howth sir, But theres a hill much bigger still Much bigger than them both sir. Twas on the top of that high hill That Patrick preached his sarmint And drove the frogs into the bogs And banished all the varmint
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