The Spirit of the Nation/Song of the Volunteers of 1782

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SONG OF THE VOLUNTEERS OF 1782.

Air—"Boyne Water."

I.

Hurrah! 'tis done—our freedom's won—
Hurrah for the Volunteers!
No laws we own, but those alone
Of our Commons, King, and Peers.


II.

The chain is broke—the Saxon yoke
From off our neck is taken;
Ireland awoke—Dungannon spoke—
With fear was England shaken.


III.

When Grattan rose, none dar'd oppose
The claim he made for freedom;
They knew our swords, to back his words,
Were ready did he need them.


IV.

Then let us raise, to Grattan's praise,
A proud and joyous anthem;
And wealth, and grace, and length of days,
May God, in mercy grant him!


V.

Bless Harry Flood, who nobly stood
By us, through gloomy years,
Bless Charlemont, the brave and good,
The chief of the Volunteers.


VI.

The North began; the North held on
The strife for native land;
Till Ireland rose, and cow'd her foes—
God bless the Northern land!


VII.

And bless the men of patriot pen—
Swift Molyneux, and Lucas;
Bless sword and gun, which "Free Trade" won—
Bless God! who ne'er forsook us!


VIII.

And long may last, the friendship fast,
Which binds us all together;
While we agree, our foes shall flee
Like clouds in stormy weather.


IX.

Remember still, through good and ill,
How vain were prayers and tears—
How vain were words, till flashed the swords
Of the Irish Volunteers.


X.

By arms we've got the rights we sought
Through long and wretched years—
Hurrah! 'tis done, our Freedom's won—
Hurrah for the Volunteers!