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The Minstrel Boy

[Side Door]

Words: Thomas Moore
Music: From an old Irish melody 'The Moreen'

It is believed that the author wrote this song for friends of his who had fought in the Irish Rebellion of 1798, some of whom were killed. I doubt that Moore could have foreseen just how far and wide his song would travel.

The Minstrel boy to the war has gone
In the ranks of death you will find him
His father's sword he hath girded on
And his wild harp slung behind him
"Land of song!" said the warrior bard,
Though all the world betrays thee
One sword at least thy rights shall guard
One faithful heart shall praise thee"

The minstrel fell but the foeman's chains
Could not bring his proud soul under
The harp he loved, it ne'er spoke again
For he tore it's cords asunder
And said, "No chains shall sully thee
Thou soul of love and bravery
Thy songs were meant for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery!"