Dion Boucicault

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Dion Boucicault

Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot (26 December 1820 or 1822) – 18 September 1890), commonly known as Dion Boucicault, was an Irish actor and playwright famed for his melodramas.


  • Oh Paddy dear, and did you hear
    The news that's going round?
    The shamrock is forbid by law
    To grow on Irish ground.
    • Boucicault's version of The Wearing of the Green , a traditional Irish ballad, as rendered in his play Arragh na Pogue, or the Wicklow Wedding (1864)
  • When the law can stop the blades of grass
    From growing as they grow,
    And when the leaves in summer time
    Their verdure dare not show,
    Then I will change the colour
    I wear in my caubeen,
    But till that day I'll stick for aye
    To wearing of the green.
    • The Wearing of the Green, in Arragh na Pogue, or the Wicklow Wedding (1864)
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