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For high was thy hope, when those glories were darting Around thee through all the gross clouds of the world ;
When Truth, from her fetters indignantly starting, At once, like a Sunburst, her banner unfurl'd.
Oh ! never shall earth see a moment so splendid ;
Then, then had one Hymn of Deliverance blended
The tongues of all nations, how sweet had ascended The first note of Liberty, Erin, from thee!
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But shame on those tyrants who envied the blessing!
And shame on the light race unworthy its good, Who, at Death's reeking altar, like furies caressing
The young hope of Freedom, baptized it in blood ! Then vanished for ever that fair, sunny vision, Which, spite of the slavish, the cold heart's derision, Shall long be remember'd, pure, bright, and Elysian,
As first it arose, my lost Erin, on thee.
* If the range of this song is found to le too great for the voices, these two F's can be sung an octave lower, tut care should be taken to show the trite form of the melody.Ed.
H. 4868.
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