Astronomer of Dublin

(The). The head of the chief rebel of Dublin, set on a tall white-painted stake on the highest point of Dublin Castle, where it remains till it falls to decay or is replaced by the head of a greater rebel. The Irish say: “God send to Dublin many more astronomers.”

His head is poled high
Upon the castle here,
Beholding stars as though he were
A great astronomer.

Derrick
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Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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