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761 Zimmerman, Georges-Denis. (1930– ). Researcher.Born Lausanne,Switzerland,educated in Geneva where his PhD studies were based on Irish political ballads.From 1951 he was in Ireland annually,and in pursuit of his research he examined some 12,000 Irish broadside ballads, these in every major library in Ireland and England. His book Songs of Irish Rebellion is the classic work in this field.Illustrated with song texts it covers the theme under: 1. blind violence and vain hopes, 2. popular nationalism and unsuccessful risings, 3. political realism and blood sacrifice, 4. romantic patriotism and literary imitations of street balladry, 5. the form of the songs. He takes 100 song texts (eight of these are Orange songs), lists sources and alternative versions,printers of broadsides,garlands and songbooks. He gives an extensive bibliography of nationalist, republican and Orange song sources, and lists 1. nationalist newspapers which published songs, 2. books and articles on songs and ballad singers, and 3. other books and literature with political contexts. The book was republished in paperback form by Four Courts Press in 2002. Zozimus. (1794–1846). Singer composer and character, born Michael Moran at Blackpitts, the Liberties, Dublin. Blinded as a child by smallpox, he had a profound memory, and acquired his title ‘Zozimus’ from his ability to recite his adaptation of ‘St Mary and Zozimus’, the tale of the latter’s fifth-century conversion of St Mary in Egypt. The singer’s platforms for the presentation of this and his own compositions were the present-day Grattan and O’Connell Bridges, Grafton and Henry Streets and Conciliation Hall at Burgh Quay. His finest piece is ‘The Finding of Moses’: Bedad now says she, ‘It was someone very rude Left a little baby by the river in his nude.’ His last public appearance was in the present South Great George’s Street; his last hours were spent in a room crowded with his peers – the city’s ballad singers. A memorial to his memory was erected in 1988 over his pauper’s grave in Glasnevin cemetery; this carried part of a song written by singer Kevin Molloy of the Dublin City Ramblers ballad group: ‘Sing a song for us oul’ Zozimus, As always from the heart,Your name will live forever,As a Dubliner apart’ – a piece somewhat inferior to the bard’s own epitaph, and the circumstances of its erection unsought: My burying place is of no concern to me In the O’Connell circle let it be As to my funeral all pomp is vain Illustrious people does prefer it plain. Z ...


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