The Soldier's Song
The Soldier's Song is the national anthem of Ireland. Lyrics by Peadar Kearney. Music by Patrick Heeney / Peadar Kearney. Adopted in 1926.Lyrics:We'll sing a song, a soldier's songWith cheering rousing chorusAs round our blazing fires we throngThe starry heavens o'er usImpatient for the coming fightAnd as we await the morning lightHere in the silence of the nightWe'll chant the soldier's songSoldiers are we,whose lives are pledged to Ireland,Some have comefrom a land beyond the wave,Sworn to be free,no more our ancient sireland,Shall shelter the despot or the slave.Tonight we man the "bearna baoil"In Erins cause, come woe or weal,Mid cannon's roar and rifles' peal,We'll chant the soldier's song.In valley green, on towering cragOur fathers fought before usAnd conquered 'neath the same old flagThats proudly floating o'er usWe're children of a fighting raceThat never yet has known disgraceAnd as we march, the foe to faceWell chant the soldier's songSoldiers are we...Sons of the Gael! Men of the Pale!The long-watched day is breakingThe serried ranks of InisfailShall set the tyrant quakingOur camp fires now are burning lowSee in the east a silv'ry glowOut yonder waits the Saxon foeSo chant the soldier's song.