Thomas Davis

(14 October 1814 – 16 September 1845 / Mallow / County Cork / Ireland)

Our Own Again

Let the coward shrink aside,
We'll have our own again;
Let the brawling slave deride
Here's for our own again!
Let the tyrant bribe and lie,
March, threaten, fortify,
Loose his lawyer and his spy
Yet we'll have our own again!
Let him soothe in silken tone,
Scold from a foreign throne:
Let him come with bugles blown
We shall have our own again!
Let us to our purpose bide,
We'll have our own again!
Let the game be fairly tried,
We'll have our own again!

Send the cry throughout the land,
'Who's for our own again? '
Summon all men to our band,
Why not our own again?
Rich and poor, and old and young,
Sharp sword, and fiery tongue,
Soul and sinew firmly strung
All to get our own again!
Brothers strive by brotherhood
Trees in a stormy wood
Riches come from Nationhood
Sha'n't we have our own again?
Munster's woe is Ulster's bane!
Join for our own again
Tyrants rob as well as reign
We'll have our own again!

Oft our fathers' hearts it stirred,
'Rise for our own again! '
Often passed the signal word,
'Strike for our own again! '
Rudely, rashly, and untaught,
Uprose they, ere they ought,
Failing, though they nobly fought
Dying for their own again!
Mind will rule and muscle yield
In senate, ship, and field:
When we've skill our strength to wield,
Let us take our own again!
By the slave his chain is wrought
Strive for our own again.
Thunder is less strong than thought
We'll have our own again!

Calm as granite to our foes,
Stand for our own again;
Till his wrath to madness grows,
Firm for our own again.
Bravely hope, and wisely wait,
Toil, join, and educate;
Man is master of his fate;
We'll enjoy our own again!
With a keen constrained thirst
Powder's calm ere it burst
Making ready for the worst
So we'll get our own again.
Let us to our purpose bide,
We'll have our own again!
God is on the righteous side,
We'll have our own again!

Submitted: Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, August 01, 2012

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