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Thread #7891   Message #530888
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
18-Aug-01 - 05:46 PM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: Mrs. McGrath (University-Dubliners)
Subject: Lyr Add: MASTER MCGRATH
http://www.fortunecity.com/victorian/tollington/9/gentlemans.htm

Here's another version of Master McGrath that ard mhacha sent me - it's not so much a variant as a sequel, "Master McGrath II"- because the Master won the Waterloo Cup again in 1871, and this mighty be about it. I suppose it'd be possible to look up it up somewhere, and see if Lobelia was up against him that time.

ard mhacha says he got it out of an old booklet on Lord Lurgan`s Castle.

All eager they stood on famed Waterloo,
To see what their boasted Lobelia could do,
But Master McGrath as he cut through the air.
Soon showed them the blood of the winner was there.

As swift as an arrow when shot from a bow,
He passed their Lobelia and gave them to know,
That nothing in England or Scotland awa`,
Was ever yet able to pass Master McGrath.

For Babs was brought on and thousands laid down,
That Scotland would bring home the prize of renown,
But scarce had they slipped our brave Master McGrath,
Than Waterloo echoed to Erin go Bragh.

The victory cheer was loud in proclaiming,
That Master McGrath like a swallow was leading,
For yonder he had it so we may give up,
Once more to Lord Lurgan the Waterloo Cup.

(Lobelia was the English champion dog and Babs at the Bowster the Scottish. Slan Ard Mhacha.