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a nation once again lyrics – davitts

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when boyhood’s fire was in my blood
i read of ancient freemen,
for greece and rome who bravely stood,
three hundred men and three men;
and then i prayed i yet might see
our fetters rent in twain,
and ireland, long a province, be.
a nation once again!

a nation once again,
a nation once again,
and lreland, long a province, be
a nation once again!

and from that time, through wildest woe,
that hope has shone a far light,
nor could love’s brightest summer glow
outshine that solemn starlight;
it seemed to watch above my head
in forum, field and fane,
its angel voice sang round my bed,
a nation once again!

it whisper’d too, that freedom’s ark
and service high and holy,
would be profaned by feelings dark
and p-ssions vain or lowly;
for, freedom comes from god’s right hand,
and needs a godly train;
and righteous men must make our land
a nation once again!

so, as i grew from boy to man,
i bent me to that bidding
my spirit of each selfish plan
and cruel p-ssion ridding;
for, thus i hoped some day to aid,
oh, can such hope be vain ?
when my dear country shall be made
a nation once again!

/ davitts lyrics