Lord Waterford is dead

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Lord Waterford is dead, says the Shan Van Vocht
Lord Waterford is dead, says the Sban Van Vocht
Lord Waterford is dead, and all the tears we shed
Wouldn’t quench his fiery bed, says the Shan Van Vacht

’twas he the wells did choke, says the Shan Van Vocht
All the pleasant hearths he broke, says the Shan Van Vocht
But he’ll give no more commands for evictions on his lands
He has too much on his hands, says the Shan Van Vocht

Of a thirst the tyrant died, says the Shan Van Vocht
Roar it, rivers, wild with pride, says the Shan Van Vocht
Roar it fierce Bonmahon Bay, out across the ocean say
Out to those he drove away, says the Shan Van Vocht

They’ll not have him in the pit, says the Shan Van Vocht
Where the common sinners sir, says the Shan Van Vocht
But within a private grate, with a warm reserved seat
Where his father bakes in state, says the Shan Van Vocht

And sure, when he went below, says the Shan Van Vocht
Where the likes of him do go, says the Shan Van Vocht
Queen Bess, she did appear, ‘Oh’ sez she ‘Ye’re wantin’ here
‘For this five and thirty year, says the Shan Van Vocht

And the next that he did see, says the Shan Van Vocht
Was his bailiff Black McKee, says the Shan Van Vocht
He was standing by the shelf, washing up the Divil’s delph
‘Oh’ sez he ‘Is that yerself’ says the Shan Van Vocht

Then the Divil, he came on, says the Shan Van Vocht
And he ordered Bess ‘ begone’, says the Shan Van Vocht
Sez me Lord, ‘I’ve had a fall, and I’ve made an awkward call
Sez the Divil, ‘Not at all,’ says the Shan Van Vocht

Let us build a bonfire high, says the Shan Van Vocht
Till the blazes scorch the sky, says the Shan Van Vocht
Let us lift a Philaloo, that they’ll hear in Timbuctoo
For the Divil’s got his due, says the Shan Van Vocht .


Notes

There is a legend that all the Lords of Curaghmore, seat of the Marquis of Waterford would be cursed down to the 7th generation. The curse was drawn down by a widow whose son was hanged by the tyrannical 1st Marquis of Waterford. The legendary curse was fulfilled with the death of John Charles de la Poer Beresford, 7th Marquis of Waterford on 26 September 1934. The 33 year old Peer died in a shooting accident at his home in Curraghmore. The six previous incumbents also died tragically as decreed by the curse.



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Waterford


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