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Medsen Fey
03-17-2011, 04:28 PM
Here's wishing you all a fine St. Patrick's day!

Not being one for green beer, I'd rather toast with a true Celtic beverage, a fine honey mead. I will be imbibing a bit of well-aged and lightly-oaked traditional mead and will wish all GotMeaders good health!

To get in the spirit here's a little classic Irish poetry (http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924013512482) (there's plenty more there).



THE FLOWER OF NiyT-BROWN MAIDS.

[From the seuenteenth century Irish.]

If thou wilt come with me to the County of Leitrim,

Flower of Nut-brown Maids
Honey of bees and mead to the beaker's brim

I'll offer thee, Nut-brown Maid.
Where the pure air floats o'er the swinging boats of the

strand,
Under the white-topped wave that laves the edge of the

sand.
There without fear we will wander together, hand clasped
in hand,
Flower of Nut-brown Maids.

My heart never gave you liking or love,
Said the Flower of Nut-brown Maids ;

Though sweet are your words, there's black famine above,
Said the Flower of Nut-brown Maids ;

Will gentle words, feed me when need and grim hunger
come by ?

Better be free, than with thefe to the woodlands to fly ;

What gain to us both if together we famish and die ?
Wept the Flower of Nut-brown Maids.

I saw her coming towards me o'er the face of the mountain
Like a star glinmiering through the mist ;

In the field of furze where the slow cows were browsing,
In pledge of our love we kissed ;

In the bend of the hedge where the tall trees play with
the sun,

I wrote her the lines that should bind us for ever in one ;

Had you a right to deny me the dues I had won,
O Flower of Nut-brown Maids ?
My' grief and my torment that thou art not here with me now,
Flower of Nut-brown Maids ?

Alooe, all alone, it matters not where or how,
O Flower of Nut-brown Maids ;
On a slender bed, O little black head, strained close to thee,
Or a heap of hay, until break of day, it were one to me,
Laughiiig in gladness and glee together, with none to see,
My Flower of Nut-brown Maids.

Eleanor Hull.

wayneb
03-17-2011, 05:16 PM
How do you find these things?? :rolleyes:

Anyway, once my work day is done, I'll be commemorating the holiday with a few glasses of one of my traditional meads, followed by a bomber of Yeti (Imperial Espresso Stout from Great Divide Brewing here in the Denver area).

After that, most things may look a little more green, myself included. ;D

wildoates
03-17-2011, 05:51 PM
I wore green to work today, but since my eyes are green I don't really need to. :)

darthbooger
03-17-2011, 05:56 PM
My army uniform is green so go me! I wish I had some traditional mead just lying around...

JayH
03-17-2011, 05:58 PM
Not only is it St. Patrick's day, but tonight is also our monthly beer club meeting with our annual Corn Beef and Cabbage dinner. So tonight I'm taking a lime mead, they will just have to imagine that it is green :-)

TheAlchemist
03-17-2011, 06:03 PM
Here's wishing you all a fine St. Patrick's day!

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And Also With You!

akueck
03-18-2011, 12:11 AM
I'm 1/4 Irish, so I'm covered there. That said, today at work we decided to have some Holi. Nothing against green beer, but throwing color was more fun. ;D

biochemedic
03-18-2011, 12:49 AM
I'm 1/4 Irish, so I'm covered there. That said, today at work we decided to have some Holi. Nothing against green beer, but throwing color was more fun. ;D

1/2 here, but who's counting....looks like you had great fun...I planned to brew today, but had some unexpected occurrences this AM that pushed plans back to next Tuesday...:-\

Kicking back with some barleywine after a fairly longish day....:cool:

wildoates
03-18-2011, 12:51 AM
I just don't have that much fun at work! And I was writing curriculum all day, anyway. :)

Dan McFeeley
03-18-2011, 09:55 AM
I made soda bread for the emgerency room crew (my working abode) then left to play Irish ballads with a folk band I hang out with. Had two sessions, a local nursing home and then 3 hours at Knights of Columbus. Even managed to get in a Guinness or two. ;D That's me to the left.

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wildoates
03-18-2011, 10:25 PM
Soda bread...Mmmmmmmm....