Names We Should Never Forget.
My object to-night you will see by my- song,
Is to sing words of praise of some great men that's gone;
Though the subject to some of you may not seem new,
I will try to give honor where honor is due.
And the names I will mention are ones that we love,
Remembered on earth and recorded above:
Though gone, their great loss we will ever regret,
I will sing of some names we should never forget.
My first one will be of a patriot brave,
Who tried from oppression his country to save;
A name that true Irishmen cannot forget,
And the fate of their hero will ever regret.
In liberty's battle he entered the strife,
And never withdrew 'till he gave up his life;
He proved his great worth when by trials beset,
Robert Emmet's a name you should never forget.
There's another great name that we all do revere,
Whose memory throughout our great land is held dear;
As a man and a ruler an example he set,
I trust his successors will not soon forget.
In letters of glory is written his name
On the immortal record of heroes of fame;
Like Lincoln, his memory is green with us yet,
James A. Garfield's name we should never forget.
There's another great hero all hail to his name,
It is known to you all and deserving of fame;
As a soldier his record will rank with the best,
This the brave men who followed him proudly attest.
From obscurity's ranks he soon went to the fore.
But his name as a hero will live evermore;
We own him the greatest of gratitude's debt,
General Grant is a name we can never forget.
As the great men I've mentioned have all passed away.
Let me now sing of one who is with us to-day;
A name that vile slander's tongue could not deface,
His position he fills with ability's grace.
A man of the people, staunch, honest and square,
Whose object will be this great nation's welfare;
So give him a chance, and don't uselessly fret,
Grover Cleveland's name you will not soon forget.