Be yours in abundance as long as you live
Tis better to buy a small bouquet and give to your friend this very day,
then a bushel of roses white and red to lay on his coffin after he's dead
May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane, may a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of friend always be near you, and may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you!
These things I warmly wish for you:
Someone to love,
Some work for your hands to do,
a bit o' sun
a bit o' cheer
and a guardian angel always near
And here is a good Irish Joke:
The 98-year-old Mother Superior from Ireland was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her last journey comfortable. They gave her some warm milk to drink, but she refused.
One of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen. Remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened and poured a generous amount into the warm milk.
Back at Mother Superior's bed, she held the glass to her lips. The mother drank a little, then a little more, and before they knew it, she had drunk the whole glass down to the last drop.
"Mother," the nuns asked with earnest, "please give us some wisdom before you die."
She raised herself up in bed and with a pious look on her face said,
"Don't sell that cow !!"
Here are some links to some of my other articles on St. Patrick's Day and Other Things Irish:
St. Patrick's Day Article
Eamon de Valera - Ireland's First President
Dual Irish and American Citizenship
Edward O'Hare - the Name Behind Chicago's Famous Airport
Hugo O'Connor the Founder of Tucson
Wrong Way Corrigan - New York to Los Angeles via Dublin