Hear me, yea
By my voice, see me.
Well-wishers,
Come here year by year,
Ye know me Murphy.

Here now ‘appear’ before you
On this annual occasion,
To you, to say what follows:

I have thought often, lo many days
Pipe dreams and hopeful
Aspirations, of the time would come
When then I am redeemed.

And

I have heard these, your pleas:
“We beg your voice to hear,
Least a whisper or a clue
Assures us you are well.”

Now

Fret not my friends, for
I am better well here
Then ever I could be
Whence yesterday you beckoned me.

Now I am changed, know
Me fulfilled as I’ve fulfilled,
More a righteous man
Than once you  knew.

By my bitter lessons learned,
His grace given unto you,
Affirmed a thousand times
Your faith in me.

So comes the time

The hour is old, and I attend
A different place,
But ‘ere I take my leave,
I raise my empty mug (only higher spirits permitted here)

“For keeping fond your memories of me,
Here’s to you (clink mugs)
I wish you Cheers and life be long
On this day,
My Happy Ronnie Murphy’s Birthday Day”