Listen to one in which he shows How St. Patrick Came to be Born on the 17th of March. Who composed it or where Lincoln obtained it I have never been able to learn.
Ellis says he often inflicted it on the crowds who collected in his store of winter evenings.
Here it is:
The first factional fight in old Ireland, they say, Was all on account of Saint Patrick's birthday, It was somewhere about midnight without any doubt, And certain it is, it made a great rout.
On the eighth day of March, as some people say, St. Patrick at midnight he first saw the day; While others assert 'twas the ninth he was born- 'Twas all a mistake — between midnight and morn.
Some blamed the baby, some blamed the clock: Some blamed the doctor, some the crowing cock.
With all these close questions sure no one could know, Whether the babe was too fast or the clock was too slow.
Some fought for the eighth, for the ninth some would die; He who wouldn't see right would have a black eye. At length