“The Irish Refugee (Poor Pat Must Emigrate)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1884 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3100))
Keywords: emigration hardtimes America Ireland nonballad patriotic


Leaving Ireland. "We have fought for England's queen ... why should we be so oppressed?" I'm going to America "for there is bread." "If ever again I see this land I hope it will be with a Fenian band, So God be with old Ireland, poor Pat must emigrate!"


The famine year of 1848 is sometimes stated as 1854.

As for the tune it may be that there are a number of songs on "the latest travels of the raking Paudheen Rhu." - BS

Same tune



  1. O'Conor, p. 53, "The Irish Refugee" (1 text); pp. 106-107, "Poor Pat Must Emigrate" (1 text)
  2. Roud #2558
  3. BI, OCon053