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The utterly impractical, never predictable,
Sometimes irascible, quite inexplicable, Irish.

Strange blend of shyness,
pride and conceit,
And stubborn refusal to bow in defeat.

He's spoiling and ready to argue and fight,
Yet the smile of a child
fills his soul with delight.

His eyes are the quickest to well up with tears,
Yet his strength is the strongest
to banish your fears.

His hate is as fierce as his devotion is grand,
And there is no middle ground
on which he will stand.

He's wild and he's gentle,
he's good and he's bad.
He's proud and he's humble,
he's happy and sad.

He's in love with the ocean,
the earth and the skies,
He's a lover of beauty wherever it lies.

He's victor and victim, a star and a churl,
But mostly he's Irish—
in love with his girl.
read it and weep.
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:iconzqyxop:
The actual ending is...

He's victor and victim, a star and a CLOD,
But mostly he's Irish—
in love with his GOD.

what you posted is the atheist version or something... the changes are in all caps.
I know this because my grandpa would always read it to me from this plaque that I got after he passed away (God rest his soul) Plus think about it... Irishman+God is like 1+1=2
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:iconnickel-pickle:
SERIOUS Irish pride!!!

that was awesome! I am an irish girl but a lot of that still applies.
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Queen-Duck Sep 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This was awesome, I'm mostly Irish, and alot of this is so true..lol
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Queen-Duck Sep 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome:)
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:iconsmarelious:
wowz...
*ponders in stunned silence*
that was great, really good!
I happiliy admit to being about 60% Irish!
and most of those things in that ballad fit me almost perfectly.
very nice job.
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:iconfelidaekitty01:
awwww!!!! i like that!!!! i irish too, so that hits a mark!!!
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