Ballads, Romances, and Songs

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General Books, 2013 - 64 pagine
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...thousands are coming! Then quick spreads the fear of the mighty invader, Yet all for Tir Conaill are banding to aid her; And their chieftain--alas! that the death-wounds have bound him--Calls the men of his might from the valleys around him. Then he raises his voice by that wild river billow, With the gash in his breast and the gore on his pillow--"O'Niall," he says, "from his mountains of bleakness Ever came in the hours of our sorrow and weakness: He pours on our valleys, and now we will greet him With the welcome of old on the plains where we meet him! In the day of my strength ye have found me before ye Where'er your bright claymores to victory bore ye; In the day of my weakness my soul must be long ing To see how my people to battle are thronging! v. Then sound ye, my children, the war note defiant From the gray Arran cliffs to the Pass of the Giant, And make me a bier like the biers of my fathers; Bear me high in your van where the red Niall gathers, And we'll scatter his bands, as the storm-clouds of Heaven From Aileach's black rocks by her thunders are driven!" Then the hearts of his warriors grow stronger and prouder, And the shouts of their ardour swell wilder and louder, And fiercely their war-pipes are ringing and pealing, From the low-lying glens to the far mountain shieling. " He then directed his men to place him on the bier which should take him to the grave, and to carry him on it at the head of his forces."--Ilaverty's History of Ireland.--See also Annals of the Four Masters. VI. They've made him a bier like the biers of his fathers, They bear him afar where the red Niall gathers--Six champions of might from that green forest alley Bear him on thro' each wild glade and torrent-bound valley, ...

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