Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I give you Sinead O'Connor and the Chieftains:

As down the glen one Easter morn
To a city fair rode I,
Their armed lines of marching men
In squadrons passed me by.
No pipe did hum, no battle drum
Did sound its loud tattoo
But the Angelus' bells o'er the Liffey swells
Rang out in the foggy dew.

Right proudly high in Dublin town
Hung they out a flag of war.
'Twas better to die 'neath an Irish sky
Than at Suvla or Sud el Bar.
And from the plains of Royal Meath
Strong men came hurrying through;
While Brittania's Huns with their long-range guns
Sailed in through the foggy dew.

The bravest fell, and the requiem bell
Rang mournfully and clear
For those who died that Easter-tide
In the springing of the year.
While the world did gaze with deep amaze
At those fearless men but few
Who bore the fight that freedom's light
Might shine through the foggy dew.

And back through the glen I rode again
And my heart with grief was sore
For I parted then with valiant men
Whom I never shall see more
But to and fro
In my dreams I go
And I kneel and pray for you
For slavery fled
Oh, glorious dead
When you fell in the foggy dew

Learn more about the Easter Uprising of 1916.


peter said...

Hmm. I've considered your last name and I'll bet you're Irish. I'm not Irish so I don't know what to say. But I have known a plethora of Irish people who I really like and admire. I am a History Major and I loved your link to the Easter Uprising. Although I've never figured out why, if you were going to effect momentous change, you'd start off by seizing and trying to hold the POST OFFICE. I have put this to my Irish friends in the past and they just shrugged. Gotta start somewhere, I guess. Shouldena executed those people. But those were the times. Anyway, love your new picture. Wish you the best on Monday.

Just12Finish said...

Can't we all just get along?

Neese said...

ah Sinead O'Connor... I saw her in concert years ago... it's been forever since I've listened to her thanks for the reminder

WannaBe5Ker said...

Hope the luck 'o the Irish was with you on St. Pat's, and all the year through.

LBTEPA said...

Good luck tomorrow HUGS

Laufenweg said...

i love that song! hope you had a memorable st paddy's day. all the best to ya.

David said...

Does this mean you support the surge or not?
What's happening Monday? besides going back to the office.