God Save Ireland

Melody -

T. D. Sullivan

1. High upon the gallows tree
Swung the noble-hearted Three
By the vengeful tyrant
Stricken in their bloom
But they met him face to face,
With the courage of their race
And they went with souls
Undaunted to their doom.

2. Girt around with cruel foes,
Still their courage proudly rose
For they thought of hearts
That loved them for and near
Of the millions true and brave
O'er the ocean's swelling wave
And the friends
In holy Ireland ever dear.
  3. Climbed they up the rugged stair,
Rang their voices out in prayer
Then with England's fatal cord
Around them cast
Close beside the gallows tree
Kissed like brothers lovingly
True to home and faith
And freedom to the last.

4. Never till the latest day
Shall the memory pass away
Of the gallant lives
Thus given for our land
But on the cause must go,
Amidst joy and weal and woe
Till we make our Isle
A nation free and grand.

"God save Ireland!" said the heroes
"God save Ireland" said they all
"Whether on the scaffold high
Or the battlefield we die
Oh, what matter when for Erin dear we fall!"

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