Leprechaun – A Poem

The leprechaun is one of the symbols of St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s a poem about the leprechaun for the holiday…


The Leprechaun,—the omadhaun*!—that lives in County Clare,

Is one foot wide and three foot high without an inch to spare.

He winks the sea-blue eye of him, like other saucy rogues,

And underneath the blackthorn-bush he sits to clout his brogues.

Then, if you catch the Leprechaun and never loose your hold,

He’s bound to show you where he’s hid a pot of yellow gold,

And give you, too, a fairy purse with tassels down the end,

That’s never bare, but always full, no matter what you spend.

‘Tis I would catch the Leprechaun;—and then what would I do?

I’d take the yellow gold, machree**, and give it all to you!

*An Omadhaun is a simpleton or fool (Irish word)
**Machree means "my dear" in Irish English.

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