A Nation Once Again lyrics

by The Wolfe Tones

When boyhood's fire was in my blood
I read of ancient freemen,
For Greece and Rome who bravely stood,
Three hundred men and three men;
And then I prayed I yet might see
Our fetters rent in twain,
And Ireland, long a province, be.
A Nation once again!

A Nation once again,
A Nation once again,
And lreland, long a province, be
A Nation once again!

And from that time, through wildest woe,
That hope has shone a far light,
Nor could love's brightest summer glow
Outshine that solemn starlight;
It seemed to watch above my head
In forum, field and fane,
Its angel voice sang round my bed,
A Nation once again!


It whisper'd too, that freedom's ark
And service high and holy,
Would be profaned by feelings dark
And passions vain or lowly;
For, Freedom comes from God's right hand,
And needs a Godly train;
And righteous men must make our land
A Nation once again!


So, as I grew from boy to man,
I bent me to that bidding
My spirit of each selfish plan
And cruel passion ridding;
For, thus I hoped some day to aid,
Oh, can such hope be vain ?
When my dear country shall be made
A Nation once again!


Song Details

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Composer: Thomas Osborne Davis (early 1840's) - Founder of the Irish Movement. Their aim was to have an Independant Ireland free of British Rule... more

Published: 13th July, 1844

Brief: The narrator dreams of a time when Ireland will be a free land; where the people raise up and fight for their land and make Ireland a 'Nation Once Again'.

fetters: something that serves to restrict; a restraint:
twain: an archaic word for two
fane: church
ark: a place or thing offering shelter or protection
ridding: to cause (someone) to be free from something; relieve or disencumber

Category: Irish Rebel Song

Covers: The Wolfe Tones (featured), The Dubliners, John McCormack, The Clancy Brothers, The Irish Tenors, Poxy Boggards, Sean Conway...

Album: The Greatest Hits.

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