“Pirate Smith”


Smith scoured the seas "with a noble crew of cutthroats." "He said that grabbing booty was a Briton's pleasing duty." He'd hang foreign foemen from his lanyards. At 37 he is killed by a Spanish bullet and goes to heaven "to rest in Nelson's bosom"


Sullivan is the author of a number of Irish patriotic poems, of which "God Save Ireland" is probably the best-known. This is one of the few non-nationalist poems I've seen from his pen. Ironically, the Smith he commemorates does not seem to be very famous; there are several Smiths with entries in Rogozinski's _The Wordsworth Dictionary of Pirates_, but none of them fit the hero of this song. - RBW


  1. OLochlainn-More 65, "Pirate Smith" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, OLcM065


Author: T.D. Sullivan (1827-1914) (source: OLochlainn-More)
Earliest date: 1965 (OLochlainn-More)
Found in: Ireland