King Laoghaire - Irish Ballads & Tunes

The Minstrel Boy

Thomas Moore

The minstrel boy to the war is gone
In the ranks of death you will find him
His father's sword he hath girded on
And his wild harp slung behind him

"Land of Song!" said the warrior bard
"Though all the world betrays thee
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"

The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under
The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again
For he tore its chords asunder

And said "No chains shall sully thee
Thou soul of love and bravery!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery!" your social media marketing partner

Set to the ancient Irish air "the Moreen".

On This Day

in 1185: Henry II's son John lands at Waterford to assert control over Hugh de Lacy, but he fails. Henry suspects that de Lacy wants to be king of Ireland.

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