Thomas Osborne Davis

(14 October 1814 - 16 September 1845 / Mallow / Ireland)

The West's Sleep - Poem by Thomas Osborne Davis

AIR--_The Brink of the White Rocks._


When all beside a vigil keep,
The West's asleep, the West's asleep--
Alas! and well may Erin weep,
When Connaught lies in slumber deep.
There lake and plain smile fair and free,
'Mid rocks--their guardian chivalry--
Sing oh! let man learn liberty
From crashing wind and lashing sea.


That chainless wave and lovely land
Freedom and Nationhood demand--
Be sure, the great God never planned,
For slumbering slaves, a home so grand.
And, long, a brave and haughty race
Honoured and sentinelled the place--
Sing oh! not even their sons' disgrace
Can quite destroy their glory's trace.


For often, in O'Connor's van,
To triumph dashed each Connaught clan--
And fleet as deer the Normans ran
Through Corlieu's Pass and Ardrahan.
And later times saw deeds as brave;
And glory guards Clanricarde's grave--
Sing oh! they died their land to save,
At Aughrim's slopes and Shannon's wave.


And if, when all a vigil keep,
The West's asleep, the West's asleep--
Alas! and well may Erin weep,
That Connaught lies in slumber deep.
But, hark! some voice like thunder spake:
'_The West's awake! the West's awake!_'--
'Sing oh! hurra! let England quake,
We'll watch till death for Erin's sake!'

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  • Margaret O DriscollMargaret O Driscoll (8/25/2016 4:52:00 PM)

    Wonderful work by a young writer who sadly passed away in his prime (Report)Reply

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