Collar of gold

The phrase "when Malachi wore the collar of gold" comes verbatim from the song Let Erin Remember the Days of Old (1808), by the Irish Catholic songwiter Thomas Moore.

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Small enamel-on-copper portrait of Thomas Moore, after an oil painting by Thomas Lawrence. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Piano performance of Let Erin Remember the Days of Old by Paul Hargreaves. Source: YouTube.