The Comfort of Strangers
by Cliff Wedgbury



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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

 

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

liscCliff 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).