A shamrock is a young sprig of clover, used as a symbol of Ireland. Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, is said to have used it as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity. The name shamrock comes from Irish seamróg [ˈʃamˠɾˠoːɡ], which is the diminutive of the Irish word for clover (seamair) and means simply “little clover” or “young clover”.
Oh The Shamrock–
Through Erin’s Isle,
To sport awhile,
As Love and Valor wander’d,
With Wit, the sprite,
Whose quiver bright
,A thousand arrows squander’d.
Where’er they pass,
A triple grassShoots up,
with dew-drops streaming,
As softly greenAs emeralds seen
Through purest crystal gleaming.
Oh the Shamrock,
the green immortal Shamrock!
Chosen leafOf Bard and Chief,
Old Erin’s native Shamrock!
I really have not thought about the shamrock much. I have always noticed it during St. Patrick’s day but did not know the symbolish that came with it except it was a four leaf clover. This is my photo today. If shamrock are here I don’t see them so I used some concrete stones I made.
- Treeck, Carl Van; Croft, Aloysius (1936). Symbols in the Church. Bruce Publishing Co.
St. Patrick is said to have used the shamrock in explaining to the pagan Irish the idea of the Holy Trinity.
- . Nelson, E. Charles (1991). Shamrock: Botany and History of an Irish Myth: a Biography of the Shamrock in History, Literature, Music and Art. Boethius Press. ISBN 0-86314-199-4.