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An Irish Marseillaise

Anonymous
Language: English



Rise! Rise! A glorious day is breaking,‎
A bleeding country asks our aid,‎
Our slumbrous slavery forsaking,‎
Throw off the chains our race degrade!‎
Throw off the chains our race degrade!‎
With God and Man our cause sustaining,‎
By weakness we have given too long
The fight unjust unto the strong,‎
We’ ll conquer now, the Right maintaining,‎

Arise! our night is o’er,‎
Rise! rise! from shore to shore.‎
Arise! arise! ere Freedom dies,‎
For them we’ ll starve no more!‎

Columbia! strong angel, aid us,‎
Across the waters hear our cry –‎
Than live the sad serfs they have made us,‎
Far better it were we should die!‎
Far better it were we should die!‎
Alas, for weeping Freedom’s glory,‎
Behold an ancient, war-spent race,‎
Unarmed, unshielded, face to face
With Tyranny, mail-clad and gory.‎

Arise! our night is o’er,‎
Rise! rise! from shore to shore.‎
Arise! arise! ere Freedom dies,‎
For them we’ ll starve no more!‎

Go tell us who are those our masters,‎
That should grace their feast as slaves,‎
Should bear for them all life’s disasters,‎
And, dying, fall in pauper graves!‎
And, dying, fall in pauper graves!‎
Are they spoilers of our nation?‎
Are they the spawn of treacherous foes?‎
Are they the flatterers on our woes,‎
Whose glory is our degradation?‎

Arise! our night is o’er,‎
Rise! rise! from shore to shore.‎
Arise! arise! ere Freedom dies,‎
For them we’ ll starve no more!‎

O, Famine Graves! Whose jaws have caught us,‎
O, Ships that sunk us in the sea,‎
We know the lessons ye have taught us,‎
No more, no more your prey we’ ll be!‎
No more, no more your prey we’ ll be!‎
Who says our toils are never-ending?‎
Who says that we must ever kneel,‎
A People at a Hireling’s heel?‎
Nay, better die our homes defending.‎


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