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We May Roam Through This World

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We may roam through this world, like a child at a feast,
Who but sips of a sweet, and then flies to the rest;
And, when pleasure begins to grow dull in the east,
We may order our wings and be off to the west:
But if hearts that feel, and eyes that smile,
Are the dearest gifts that heaven supplies,
We never need leave our own green isle,
For sensitive hearts, and for sun-bright eyes.
Then, remember, wherever your goblet is crown’d,
Through this world, whether eastward or westward you roam,
When a cup to the smile of dear woman goes round,
Oh! remember the smile which adorns her at home.

In England, the garden of Beauty is kept
By a dragon of prudery placed within call;
But so oft this unamiable dragon has slept,
That the garden’s but carelessly watch’d after all.
Oh! they want the wild sweet-briery fence
Which round the flowers of Erin dwells;
Which warns the touch, while winning the sense,
Nor charms us least when it most repels.
Then remember, wherever your goblet is crown’d,
Through this world, whether eastward or westward you roam,
When a cup to the smile of dear woman goes round,
Oh! remember the smile that adorns her at home.

In France, when the heart of a woman sets sail,
On the ocean of wedlock its fortune to try,
Love seldom goes far in a vessel so frail,
But just pilots her off, and then bids her good-bye.
While the daughters of Erin keep the boy,
Ever smiling beside his faithful oar,
Through billows of woe, and beams of joy,
The same as he look’s when he left the shore.
Then remember, wherever your goblet is crown’d,
Through this world, whether eastward or westward you roam,
When a cup to the smile of dear woman goes round,
Oh! remember the smile that adorns her at home.

 

– Thomas Moore

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28th April – On This Day In History

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Born:

1926 Harper Lee (author – To Kill A Mockingbird)

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Died:

1980 Tommy Caldwell (rocker – Marshall Tucker Band)

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On This Day:

1988 The roof of an Aloha Airlines 737 tears off in flight

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Have a good Saturday, 28th April

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18th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1868 Nicholas II, last Tsar of Russia

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Died:

1980 Ian Curtis (guitarist – Joy Division)

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On This Day:

1934 TWA (airline) begins its commercial flights

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Have a good Thursday, 18th May

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2nd May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1975 David Beckham (English footballer)

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Died:

1519 Leonardo Da Vinci (artist and inventor)

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On This Day:

1969 Ocean liner the Queen Elizabeth II departs on its maiden voyage

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Have a good Tuesday, 2nd May

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20th July – On This Day In History

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Born:

356 BC Alexander The Great (Macedonian conqueror)

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Died:

1973 Bruce Lee (martial arts expert and actor)

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On This Day:

1837 Euston Station, London, opens

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Have a good Wednesday, 20th July

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24th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1870 Jan Smuts (South African Prime Minister, General and Commonwealth statesman)

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Died:

1974 Duke Ellington (pianist, musician – band leader)

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On This Day:

1954 Lufthansa is formed (German national airline)

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Have a restful Sunday, 24th May

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