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A Nation Once Again



A Nation Once Again – Irish Songs  

A Nation Once Again is a patriotic song about the struggle for Irish Freedom & Independence. It evokes the memories of The Battle of Thermopylae when in 480BC the Spartan King, Leonidas, who was vastly outnumbered, fought a courgeous battle with the Persian invaders. This song has inspired Irish patriots over the centuries.



When boyhood’s fire was in my blood 
I read of ancient freemen, 
Of Greece and Rome who bravely stood, 
Three hundred men and three men; 
And then I prayed I yet might see 
Our fetters rent in twain, 
And Ireland, long a province be. 
A Nation once again! 

A Nation once again, 
A Nation once again, 
And lreland long a province be 
A Nation once again! 

And from that time, through wildest woe, 
That hope has shone a far light, 
Nor could love’s brightest summer glow 
Outshine that solemn starlight; 
It seemed to watch above my head 
In forum, field and fane, 
Its angel voice sang round my bed, 
A Nation once again! 

It whisper’d too, that freedom’s ark 
And service high and holy, 
Would be profaned by feelings dark 
And passions vain or lowly; 
For, Freedom comes from God’s right hand, 
And needs a Godly train; 
And righteous men must make our land 
A Nation once again! 

So, as I grew from boy to man, 
I bent me to that bidding 
My spirit of each selfish plan 
And cruel passion ridding; 
For, thus I hoped some day to aid, 
Oh, can such hope be vain? 
When my dear country shall be made 
A Nation once again!



a nation once again