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Percy French
William Percy French (1 May 1854 – 24 January 1920) was one of Ireland's foremost songwriters and entertainers in his day. In more recent times, he has become recognised for his watercolour paintings as well. French was born at Cloonyquin House, near Elphin, County Roscommon, the son of a Protestant landlord. He wrote his first successful song while studying at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 1877 for a "smoking concert". The song Abdul Abulbul Amir was sold for Ł5 to an unscrupulous publisher. The song later became hugely popular and was falsely claimed by other authors.

abdul abulbul amir
The sons of the Prophet are brave men and bold
And quite unaccustomed to fear,
But the bra... [read poem]
the mountains of mourne
Oh Mary, this London's a wonderful sight,
Wid the people here workin’ by day and by night:... [read poem]
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