American Old Time Song Lyrics: 05 Great Men That Ireland Has Seen

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Great Men that Ireland has Seen.

Now since I appear here, before you once more,
I'll endeavor to gain your fair smile,
Tho' years now have passed since I left the old shore,
I still cling to the clear native Isle;
And I'll sing of old Ireland, the land of my birth,
I will 6ing of the great men that's been,
Whose deeds of renown, shall shine round each heart.,
They were great men that Ireland has seen.

Then here's to the sons of old Erin-Go-Bragh,
May the memory of their names still be green,
On sea, or on coast, let us drink off this toast,
To the great men that Ireland has seen.

O'Connell you know, as all history does show
Was a statesman, whose equal was few;
At the great Parliament, he. did often represent,
That the wrongs of old Ireland were true.
And Emmet the marytr, he fought for our cause,
Like a laurel his name it keeps green,
He died for his country and Liberty's laws,
Those were great men that Ireland has seen.-Chorus.

And then we bad Sarsfield who conquered each foe,
And never was known for to yield,
The foeman would quake, aye, and tremble and shake,
When his war horse would enter the field;
And then as for poets there is no land I'm sure,
Where such brilliant genius has bean,
There was Grattan and Lover, and famous Tom Moore,
Those were great men that Ireland has seen.-Chorus.

But though those great men have now passed away,
Old Erin shall not be alone,
We have men that would die for their country to-day,
And a Parliament wish of their own;
But may God guide And guard them to do what is right,
May they harbor no rancour or spleen,
But when honor demands them, they valliantly fight,
Like the great men that Ireland has seen.-Chorus.
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