Tipperary Christening


It was down in that place Tipperary
Where they’re so airy, and so contrary
Where they kick up the devil’s figarie
When they christened the beautiful boy
In comes the piper, sot thinking
And a-winking, and a-blinking
And a noggin of punch, he was drinking
And wishing the parents great joy

When home from the church they came
Father Tom and old Mikey Branigan
And scores of as pretty boys and girls
As ever you’d wish to see
When in through the door
Hogan, the tinker, Lather and Lanagan
Kicked up a row, and wanted to know
Why they wasn’t asked to the spree

Then the boy set up such a bawling
And such a squalling and caterwauling
For he got such a mauling
Oh, that was the day of great joy
Then the piper set up such a moaning
And such a-droning, and such a-croning
In the corner, his chanter, he was turning
When they christened Dennis, the boy

The aristocracy came to the party
There was McCarty, light and hearty
With Florence Bedelia Fogarty
Who said that was French for a name
Dionysius Alphonso Mulrooney
Oh, so spooney and so looney
With the charming Evangeline Mooney
Of society, she was the cream

Cora Teresa Maud McCann
Angelina Rocke, and Julia McCafferty
Rignold Mormoduke, Morris McGann
And Clarence Ignatius McGurk
Cornelius Horatio Flaherty’s wife
Adolphus Grace and Dr. O’Rafferty
Eve McLaughlin, and Cora Muldoon
And Brigadier-General Burke

They were dancing the polke-mazurka
‘twas a worker, not a shirker
And a voice of Vienna, la Turker
And the polke-redowa divine
After dancing, they went to lunching
Oh, some munching and such crunching
They were busy as bees at a lunching
With their coffee, tea, whiskey and wine

They had all kinds of tea, they had Sho-song
They had Ningnong and Drinkdong
With Oolong, and Boolong, and Toolong
And teas that were made in Japan
They had sweetmeats, imported from Java
And from Youver and from Havre
In the four-masted steamer ‘Manarver’
That sails from beyond Hindoostan

Romeo punch, snoball and sparrow-grass
Patty D. Foy, whatever that means
Made out of goose-liver and grease
Red-headed duck, salmon and peas
Bandy-legged frogs, Peruvian ostriches
Bottled noix, woodcock and snipe
Haddock and hake, and fish that could spake
And everything that would please

After dinner, of course, there was speaking
And hand-shaking, and leave-taking
In the corners, old mothers match-making
And other such innocent sins
Then they bid a good-by to each other
To each mother, and each brother
When the last rose, I thought I would smother
When they wished the next would be twins


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