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- 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)