DESCRIPTION: "Water! Water! Holy Water! Sprinkle the Catholics one by one. We'll bring them to battle, Their communes to rattle, And make them lie under the Protestant drum. Bible, Bible, Holy Bible, We'll read to the Catholics.... Three cheers for King William...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1950 (Morris)
KEYWORDS: religious battle royalty
1689-1702 - Reign of William III of Orange as King of England
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Morris, #241, "Irish Song" (1 short text)
NOTES: Morris connects this bit of invective with the Battle of the Boyne (for which see, e.g., "The Battle of the Boyne (I)"). This is likely enough, but all that is really certain is that it should be associated with the reign of King William III, which was spent mostly in fighting Louis XIV, James VII and II, and other Catholics in Ireland and the continent. - RBW
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