„The Comfort of Strangers” by Cliff Wedgbury
song in tribute to P. E. Strzelecki


Giving so freely to the poor and starving man
The comfort of strangers fed the hungry in this land


From Dublin out to Mayo
In rain and sleet and frost
He travelled with persistence to help at any cost


The horror he encountered
The torment of the poor
Gave him resolve to alleviate
The blight at every door


To help the children was his plan
To feed them in their schools
To make them wash and comb their hair
And abide by certain rules


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of strangers

Clothes and meals were given
Children fed each day
Fighting hunger where he could
Strzelecki led the way


Giving so freely to the poor and starving man
The comfort of strangers fed the hungry in this land
The comfort of strangers fed the hungry in this land.


The plight of those in Ireland,
Touched a human nerve
Strzelecki did all he could
He gave without reserve


Giving so freely to the poor and starving man
The comfort of strangers fed the hungry in this land
The comfort of strangers fed the hungry in this land

Written and sung by Cliff Wedgbury

Cliff Wedgbury is a Cork-based poet and songwriter, born in London in 1946. His formative years were spent in the folk-clubs, jazz clubs and second-hand bookshops on the Charing Cross Road.
    He began writing during these years and his last collection „A Lingering Adolescence” was published by Lapwing (Belfast, 2007).