At Boulavogue as the sun was setting
the bright May meadows of Shelmaliar,
A rebel hand set the heather blazing
And brought the neighbours from far and near.
Father Murphy from old Kilcormack
Spurred up the rocks with a warning cry;
"Arm, arm," he cried, "for I've come to lead
For Ireland's freedom we'll fight or die."
He led us on 'gainst the coming soldiers;
The cowardly yeomen
we put to flight.
'Twas at the Harra the boys of Wexford
Showed Bookies' regiment how men could fight.
Look out for
hirelings, King George of England,
Search ev'ry kingdom that breathes a slave,
For Father Murphy from the county Wexford
o'er the land like a mightly wave.
At Vinegar Hill o'er the pleasant Slaney
Our heroes vainly stood back to back,
the Yoes at Tullow took Father Murphy
And burned his body upon the rack.
God grant you glory, brave Father Murphy,
open heaven to all your men;
For the cause that called you may call tomorrow
In another fight for the green again.