Thursday, March 17, 2005

The Foggy Dew

by Father Charles O'Neill

'Twas down the glen one Easter morn
To a city fair rode I.
When Ireland's line of marching men
In squadrons passed me by.
No pipe did hum, no battle drum
Did sound its dread tattoo,
But the Angelus bell o'er the Liffey's swell
Rang out in the foggy dew.

Right proudly high over Dublin town
They flung 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 Britannia's Huns with their long-range guns
Sailed in through the foggy dew.

Oh, the night fell black and the rifles crack
Made Perfidious Albion reel
'Mid the leaden rail, seven tongues of flame
Did shine o'er the lines of steel.
By each shining blade, a prayer was said
That to Ireland her sons be true
And when morning broke, still the war flag shook
Out its fold in the Foggy Dew.

'Twas England bade our Wild Geese go
That small nations might be free
But their lonely graves are by Suvla's waves
Or the fringe of the grey North Sea
Oh had they died by Pearse's side,
Or had fought with Cathal Brugha
Their graves we'd keep where the Fenians sleep,
'Neath the shroud of the Foggy Dew.

But the bravest fell, and the requiem bell
Rang mournfully and clear
For those who died that Eastertide
In the springing of the year;
And the world did gaze, with deep amaze,
At those fearless men and true
Who bore the fight that freedom's light
Might shine through the Foggy Dew.

Ah, 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'd kneel and pray for you
For slavery fed, for freedom dead,
When you fell in the Foggy Dew.

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This is in honour of all Irish everywhere. Erin go bragh!

P. S. This is the version my Irish friends sing. I have not been able to find this exact version anywhere else.

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