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‘said to have been the words of distinction used among the Irish Papists in their massacre of the Protestants in 1641’ (Percy). They were made the refrain of a song, attributed to Lord Wharton, satirizing the earl of Tyrconnel on the occasion of his going to Ireland in Jan. 1686–7 as James II's papist lieutenant. The song is given in Percy's Reliques.

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