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On the Curragh of Kildare,
Then what will the yeomen do?
Says the Shan Van Vocht; What will the yeomen do?
Says the Shan Van Vocht; What should the yeomen do, But throw off the red and blue, And swear that they'll be true
To the Shan Van Vocht?
And what colour will they wear?
What colour will they wear?
Says the Shan Van Vocht;
What colour should be seen
Where our Fathers' homes have been,
But their own immortal Green?
Says the Shan Van Vocht.
What colour should, &c.
And will Ireland then be free?
Says the Shan Van Vocht;
Will Ireland then be free?
Says the Shan Van Vocht; Yes! Ireland shall be free, From the centre to the sea; Then hurrah for Liberty!
Says the Shan Van Vocht. Yes! Ireland shall &c.
5. the Bay. Bantry Bay, into which a French fleet sailed in 1796.
7. the Orange. In opposition to the United Irishmen the extreme Protestants formed clubs, called Orange Lodges after William of Orange.
21. the Curragh of Kildare is a camp outside Dublin.
23. Lord Edward. Lord Edward Fitzgerald, who went to France to organize a French invasion of Ireland. He afterwards died of wounds received in resisting arrest for treason.
THE MEMORY OF THE DEAD
WHO fears to speak of Ninety-Eight?
We drink the memory of the brave,
Some lie far off beyond the wave,
Some sleep in Ireland, too;
All, all are gone; but still lives on
They rose in dark and evil days
Alas! that might can vanquish right—
Then here's their memory! may it be
For us a guiding light,
To cheer our strife for liberty
And teach us to unite.
Through good and ill be Ireland's still,
Though sad as theirs your fate;
And true men be you, men,
Like those of Ninety-Eight.
J. K. INGRAM.
THE BATTLE OF THE BALTIC
The battle of Copenhagen was fought to break up Napoleon's plan of a coalition of the northern Powers against England. Nelson led the van of our ships, and when the battle was hottest refused to see Parker's signal for recall. The Danish fleet was broken up, but could not be taken owing to its being protected by the land batteries. Thanks, however, to the tactful negotiations of Nelson with the Danes, an armistice was agreed on, which led to a treaty with the northern Powers.
[See the plan in Gardiner's Historical Atlas.]
OF Nelson and the North
Sing the glorious day's renown,
All the might of Denmark's crown,
And her arms along the deep proudly shone,
By each gun the lighted brand
In a bold determined hand;
And the Prince of all the land
Like leviathans afloat
Lay their bulwarks on the brine,
On the lofty British line:
It was ten of April morn by the chime:
As they drifted on their path
But the might of England flushed
And her van the fleeter rushed
O'er the deadly space between.
'Hearts of oak!' our captain cried ; when each gun
From its adamantine lips
Spread a death-shade round the ships,
Like the hurricane eclipse
Of the sun.
Again! again! again!
And the havoc did not slack,
Then Denmark blessed our chief
As death withdrew his shades from the day;
O'er a wide and woeful sight,
While the sun looked smiling bright
Where the fires of funeral light
Now joy, Old England, raise
For the tidings of thy might
By the festal cities' blaze,
While the wine-cup shines in light;
By thy wild and stormy steep,
Brave hearts! to Britain's pride
Soft sigh the winds of Heaven o'er their
Of the brave!
8. Prince of all the land. The Crown Prince of Denmark. 63. Elsinore. Helsingfors, commanding the entrance to the Baltic.
67. Riou, in command of the frigates, was killed during an attack on the land batteries.