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Go To Sea No More
On April 23, 1014
The Dublin Norse and the King of Leinster, with Viking allies from overseas, are defeated by Brian Boru's army at Clontarf. Brian is killed.
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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!"
Air "the Moreen" ancient Irish air.
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