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"Arm ye quick, the Dane, the Dane is nigh!"
Ev'ry Chief starts up,
From his foaming cup,
And "To battle, to battle!" is the Finian's cry.
The minstrels have seized their harps of gold,
Breaking forth from their place of slumbers!
As the minstrels sang,
And the Sun-burst o'er them floated wide; While rememb'ring the yoke
Which their fathers broke,
"On for liberty, for liberty!" the Finians cried
Like clouds of the night the Northmen came,
With the mingling shock
Rung cliff and rock,
While, rank on rank, the invaders die :
And the shout, that last
O'er the dying pass'd,
Was "victory! victory!"- the Finian's cry.
• The name given to the banner of the Irish.
THE DREAM OF THOSE DAYS
THE dream of those days when first I sung thee is o'er, Thy triumph hath stain'd the charm thy sorrows then wore;
And ev'n of the light which Hope once shed o'er thy chains,
Alas, not a gleam to grace thy freedom remains.
Say, is it that slavery sunk so deep in thy heart, That still the dark brand is there, tho' chainless thou art;
And Freedom's sweet fruit, for which thy spirit long burn'd,
Now, reaching at last thy lip, to ashes hath turn'd?
Up Liberty's steep by Truth and Eloquence led, With eyes on her temple fix'd, how proud was thy tread!
Ah, better thou ne'er had'st liv'd that summit to gain Or died in the porch, than thus dishonour the fane.
FROM THIS HOUR THE PLEDGE IS GIVEN.
FROM this hour the pledge is given,
When the proud and great stood by thee,
No; - whate'er the fires that try thee,
Tho' the sea, where thou embarkest,
SILENCE IS IN OUR FESTAL HALLS.*
SILENCE is in our festal halls,
Sweet Son of Song! thy course is o'er;
Her minstrel's voice responds no more;
It is hardly necessary, perhaps, to inform the reader, that these lines are meant as a tribute of sincere friendship to the memory of an old and valued colleague in this work, Sir John Stevenson.
All silent as th' Eolian shell
Sleeps at the close of some bright day, When the sweet breeze, that waked its swell At sunny morn, hath died away.
Yet at our feasts, thy spirit long,
Awaked by music's spell, shall rise; For, name so link'd with deathless song Partakes its charm and never dies: And ev❜n within the holy fane,
When music wafts the soul to heaven, One thought to him, whose earliest strain Was echoed there, shall long be given.
But, where is now the cheerful day,
The social night, when, by thy side, He, who now weaves this parting lay, His skilless voice with thine allied; And sung those songs whose every tone,
When bard and minstrel long have past, Shall still, in sweetness all their own, Embalm'd by fame, undying last.
Yes, Erin, thine alone the fame,
Or, if thy bard have shared the crown, From thee the borrow'd glory came,
And at thy feet is now laid down. Enough, if Freedom still inspire
His latest song, and still there be, As evening closes round his lyre,
One ray upon its chords from thee.