Thomas Moore

(28 May 1779 – 25 February 1852 / Dublin)

Oh, The Sight Entrancing - Poem by Thomas Moore

Oh, the sight entrancing,
When morning's beam is glancing
O'er files array'd
With helm and blade,
And plumes in the gay wind dancing!
When hearts are all high beating
And the trumpet's voice repeating
That song, whose breath
May lead to death,
But never to entreating.
Oh, the sight entrancing,
When morning's beam is glancing
O'er files array'd
With helm and blade,
And plumes in the gay wind dancing!

Yet, tis not helm or feather --
For ask yon despot, whether
His plumed bands
Could bring such hands
And hearts as ours together.
Leave pomps to those who need 'em --
Give man but heart and freedom,
And proud he braves
The gaudiest slaves
That crawl where monarchs lead 'em.
The sword may pierce the beaver,
Stonewalls in time may sever,
'Tis mind alone,
Worth steel and stone,
That keeps men free for ever.
Oh, that sight entrancing,
When the morning's beam is glancing,
O'er files array'd
With helm and blade,
And in Freedom's cause advancing!


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  • (1/18/2018 11:47:00 AM)


    I was born March 17,1947 and I have always made a BIG deal about St. Patrick's Day, green and of course any parades that happen on or around that date. I loved the poem and I appreciate the fact that I found it. lindadlinder@gmail.com (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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