Four Green Fields

For St. Patrick’s Day, a painting, and the folk song by Irish musician Tommy Makem that inspired the painting.

What did I have, said the fine old woman
What did I have, this proud old woman did say 
I had four green fields, each one was a jewel 
But strangers came and tried to take them from me 
I had fine strong sons, who fought to save my jewels 
They fought and they died, and that was my grief, said she 

Long time ago, said the fine old woman 
Long time ago, this proud old woman did say 
There was war and death, plundering and pillage 
My children starved, by mountain, valley, and sea 
And their wailing cries, they shook the very heavens 
My four green fields ran red with their blood, said she 

What have I now, said the fine old woman 
What have I now, this proud old woman did say 
I have four green fields, one of them’s in bondage 
In strangers’ hands, that tried to take it from me 
But my sons had sons, as brave as were their fathers 
My fourth green field will bloom once again, said she

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5 Responses to “Four Green Fields”

  1. Joan E. Hogge says:

    Beautiful, Sheila!
    Joan

  2. This is a beautiful painting, Sheila!
    Joan Hogge

  3. Sheila says:

    Thank you so much, Joan! Are you painting during this strange time?

  4. Yes, I’m working on some for a show (hopefully) later this year.

    Stay well!
    Joan

  5. Sheila says:

    Please send me the link, Joan, if you post something about it.

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