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Dear, Old South Side Hill
(Archbishop Michael F Howley)

The fondest thoughts of childhood's day
twine 'round thee, dear old hill,
And as I gaze, thy bare, bleak braes
with love my bosom thrill;
For all the hills that stud earth's breast
and foreign countries fill,
I love thee more than all the rest,
oh, dear old South Side Hill.

Oh, dear old South Side Hill,
old rugged, scraggy hill,
I look with pride on thy sun-brown side,
oh, dear old South Side Hill!

I love each nook, each darling brook,
each copse of russet brown,
Each gully, pond and laughing brook,
that tumbles rattling down;
I love thee bathed in summer sun,
with opal light aglow,
Or robed in wintry garment,
spun from woof of silken snow.

Oh, dear old South Side Hill,
old rugged, scraggy hill,
I look with pride on thy sun-brown side,
oh, dear old South Side Hill!

I've seen the hills that proudly stand
and stretch from shore to shore,
In many a bright and favored land
far-famed in song and lore;
But, oh! there's none so dear as thou,
old shaggy South Side Hill,
For thy iron front and beetling brow
my soul with rapture fill.

Oh, dear old South Side Hill,
old rugged, scraggy hill,
I look with pride on thy sun-brown side,
oh, dear old South Side Hill!

I've seen Killarney's lofty reeks,
and noble Galitee[sic] Mor,
Ben Lomond's and Ben Nevis' peaks,
and Snowdon's Glyder Fawr;
The lordly Alp, and Appenine[sic],
and Hermon's sacred height,
But with all their charms there's none
like thine can cheer my weary sight.

Oh, dear old South Side Hill,
old rugged, scraggy hill,
I look with pride on thy sun-brown side,
oh, dear old South Side Hill!

Thou standest o'er our harbor's mouth,
like sentry stern and hoar,
And shield'st from the stormy south
and wild Atlantic's roar;
When breakers blanch the ocean's crest
and surges dash thy side,
Within thy shelt'ring arms at rest
our ships securely ride.

Oh, dear old South Side Hill,
old rugged, scraggy hill,
I look with pride on thy sun-brown side,
oh, dear old South Side Hill!

####.... Archbishop Michael F Howley; music composed by Charles Hutton [1861-1949] ....####
Printed in St John's in 1904 as a poem on p.6-8 of the Old Colony Song Book, Newfoundland, published by James Murphy [1867-1931], who noted that this poem is the production of His Grace Archbishop Howley. It is highly prized by the natives of Terra Nova. South Side Hill is a long range of hillside which surrounds the city of St John's and closely connects with what is termed the northern headlands of the city. A small space divides the distance between the north and the south hill which is known as the Narrows, it being the way of entrance to the port.

The Evening Telegram reported on September 23, 1909, on p.5 of 16 that a "Religious Function At Renews" began on Wednesday, Sept, 15, when Archbishop Howley, accompanied by Monsigneur Reardon and Reverend Father Clarke, the Parish Priest of Torbay, arrived by steamer Portia at Renews. On Thursday the visitors visited Fermeuse, and His Grace blessed the new church, after which a reception was given in the schoolroom. The children gave recitations and sang the Dear Old South Side Hill.

Also published as Dear Old South-Side Hill on p.65 of Veteran Magazine, Vol.5, Number 1, June 1925.

From Wikipedia:
Alps - one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, stretching approximately 1,120 km (700 miles) from Austria and Slovenia in the east through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, France and Monaco in the west. The highest mountain in the Alps is Mont Blanc, at 4,810.45 m (15,782 ft), on the Italian-French border.
Apennine - mountain range consisting of parallel smaller chains extending ±1,200 km (750 mi) along the length of peninsular Italy.
Archbishop Michael Francis Howley [1843-1914] - was a Roman Catholic priest and Archbishop of St John's, NL, from 1904-1914.
Ben Lomond - distinctive mountain in the Scottish Highlands, 974 metres (3,196 ft). Situated on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, it is the most southerly of the Munros. Ben Lomond lies within the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, property of the National Trust for Scotland.
Ben Nevis - highest mountain in the British Isles. It is located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William.
Galtymore - 919 m (3015 ft) mountain on the border between counties Limerick and South Tipperary, Republic of Ireland. It is the highest of the Galty Mountains and the 14th highest peak in Ireland. Galtymore is notable in that it is the tallest inland mountain in Ireland, and the only inland peak to exceed 3000 ft (914 metres).
Glyder Fawr - mountain in Snowdonia, Wales, the highest of the nine mountains in the Glyderau range at just over 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). It is the fifth highest mountain in Wales.
Hermon - mountain cluster straddling the border between Lebanon and South West Syria, in the Anti-Lebanon Range. It is the highest point in Syria with a height of 2814 m (9232 ft).
Reeks - Hiberno-English version of the English word ricks, meaning stacks, referring in this usage to the highest peaks in Ireland and the only peaks on the island that are over 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). They are of glacial-carved sandstone on the Iveragh Peninsula near the lakes of Killarney, County Kerry, in the southwest of Ireland.

From Dictionary.com
Beetling³ - overhanging, jutting, prominent.
Braes - hillsides; slopes; declivities.
Copse - thicket of small trees or bushes; a small wood.
Woof - filling or yarn carried by the shuttle and interlacing at right angles with the warp in woven cloth.



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