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Thread #15331   Message #136405
Posted By: ChrisE
15-Nov-99 - 02:10 PM
Thread Name: ADD/Origins: The Foggy Dew (Fr. O'Neill)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE FOGGY DEW (Fr. O'Neill)

I have a problem.....I'm from Austria and I have to analyze the song "The Foggy Dew". I haven't found any material where I can find out what this song really is about. The problem is that I have to have the source where I get the information from and even if it's just the e-mail address (books would be better).
I hope that anyone can help's really important!


Fr. O'Neill

'Twas down by the glen one Easter morn, to a city fair rode I,
When Ireland's lines of marching men in squadrons passed me by,
No pipe did hum and no battle drum did sound its dread tattoo.
But the Angelus bell o'er the Liffey's swell ran out in the foggy dew.

Right proudly high over Dublin town they hung out a flag of war;
'Twas better to die 'neath an Irish sky than at Suvla or Sudel Bar.
And from the plains of Royal Meath strong men came hurrying through,
While Britannia's sons with their long ranging guns sailed in from the foggy dew.

'Twas England bade our wild geese go that small nations might be free;
Their lonely graves are by Suvla's waves on the fringe of the grey North Sea.
But had they died by Pearse's side or fought with Valera true,
Their graves we'd keep where the Fenians sleep, 'neath the hills of the foggy dew.

The braves fell, and the solemn bell rang mournfully and clear
For those who died that Eastertide in the springing of the year.
And the world did gaze in deep amaze at those fearless men and true
Who bore the fight that freedom's light might shine through the foggy dew.