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IRISH NATIONAL ANTHEM
The Soldier's Song - Amhrán na bhFiann, Ireland's national anthem
 

Amhrán na bhFiann

Seo dhibh a cháirde duan Óglaigh,
Cathréimeach briomhar ceolmhar,
Ár dtinte cnámh go buacach táid,
'S an spéir go min réaltogach
Is fonnmhar faobhrach sinn chun gleo
'S go tiúnmhar glé roimh thíocht do'n ló
Fé chiúnas chaomh na hoiche ar seol:
Seo libh canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann.

Curfá:

Sinne Fianna Fáil
A tá fé gheall ag Éirinn,
buion dár slua
Thar toinn do ráinig chugainn,
Fé mhóid bheith saor.
Sean tír ár sinsir feasta
Ní fhagfar fé'n tiorán ná fé'n tráil
Anocht a théam sa bhearna bhaoil,
Le gean ar Ghaeil chun báis nó saoil
Le guna screach fé lámhach na bpiléar
Seo libh canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann.

Cois bánta réidhe, ar árdaibh sléibhe,
Ba bhuachach ár sinsir romhainn,
Ag lámhach go tréan fé'n sár-bhrat séin
Tá thuas sa ghaoith go seolta
Ba dhúchas riamh d'ár gcine cháidh
Gan iompáil siar ó imirt áir,
'S ag siúl mar iad i gcoinne námhad
Seo libh, canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann.

Curfá

A bhuíon nách fann d'fhuil Ghaeil is Gall,
Sin breacadh lae na saoirse,
Ta scéimhle 's scanradh i gcroíthe namhad,
Roimh ranna laochra ár dtire.
Ár dtinte is tréith gan spréach anois,
Sin luisne ghlé san spéir anoir,
'S an bíobha i raon na bpiléar agaibh:
Seo libh, canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann.

Curfá

The Soldier's Song

We'll sing a song, a soldier's song,
With cheering rousing chorus,
As round our blazing fires we throng,
The starry heavens o'er us;
Impatient for the coming fight,
And as we wait the morning's light,
Here in the silence of the night,
We'll chant a soldier's song.

Chorus:

Soldiers are we
whose lives are pledged to Ireland;
Some have come
from a land beyond the wave.
Sworn to be free,
No more our ancient sire land
Shall shelter the despot or the slave.
Tonight we man the gap of danger
In Erin's cause, come woe or weal
'Mid cannons' roar and rifles peal,
We'll chant a soldier's song.

In valley green, on towering crag,
Our fathers fought before us,
And conquered 'neath the same old flag
That's proudly floating o'er us.
We're children of a fighting race,
That never yet has known disgrace,
And as we march, the foe to face,
We'll chant a soldier's song.

Chorus

Sons of the Gael! Men of the Pale!
The long watched day is breaking;
The serried ranks of Inisfail
Shall set the Tyrant quaking.
Our camp fires now are burning low;
See in the east a silv'ry glow,
Out yonder waits the Saxon foe,
So chant a soldier's song.

Chorus
 
 

Background

(From an article by Niall Fallon in The Irish Times of 11 February 1995:)

`The Soldier's Song was written in 1907 by Peadar Kearney, an uncle of Brendan Behan, but was not widely known until it was sung both at the GPO during the Easter Rising of 1916 and later at various camps where republicans were interned. Soon after, it was adopted as the national anthem, replacing God Save Ireland.  The first edition of the song was published only in 1916.'
The Soldier's Song/ The Irish National Anthem

Peadar Kearney/Patrick Heeney

"We'll sing a song, a soldier's song with cheering, rousing chorus while round our blazing fires we throng the starry heavens or'
us impatient for the coming fight and as we wait the morning's light here in the silence of the night we will chant a soldier's song.

 This march was written in 1907. It did not become popular until 1916 when Irishmen interned in Britain after the failed Easter
  Rebellion sang it in defiance of their captors. It soon supplanted the unofficial anthems, "God Save Ireland" and "A Nation
 Once Again", and in 1926 was officially decreed Ireland's National Anthem. It is never rendered better than at the All-Ireland
               football and hurling matches when it is sung in Irish by 80,000 fans supported by massed bands.
 
 
 
 

        Soldier's Song


                                                  We'll sing song, a soldier's song,
                                                   With cheering rousing chorus,
                                                As round our blazing fires we throng,
                                                    The starry heavens o'er us;
                                                   Impatient for the coming fight,
                                                 And as we wait the morning's light,
                                                  Here in the silence of the night,
                                                    We'll chant a soldier's song.

                                                           Chorus:
                                                        Soldiers are we
                                                 whose lives are pledged to Ireland;
                                                        Some have come
                                                   from a land beyond the wave.
                                                        Sworn to be free,
                                                   No more our ancient sire land
                                                 Shall shelter the despot or the slave.
                                                 Tonight we man the gap of danger
                                                 In Erin's cause, come woe or weal
                                                 'Mid cannons' roar and rifles peal,
                                                    We'll chant a soldier's song

                                                  In valley green, on towering crag,
                                                   Our fathers fought before us,
                                               And conquered 'neath the same old flag
                                                   That's proudly floating o'er us.
                                                  We're children of a fighting race,
                                                 That never yet has known disgrace,
                                                 And as we march, the foe to face,
                                                    We'll chant a soldier's song

                                                           Chorus

                                                 Sons of the Gael! Men of the Pale!
                                                 The long watched day is breaking;
                                                    The serried ranks of Inisfail
                                                    Shall set the Tyrant quaking.
                                                Our camp fires now are burning low;
                                                   See in the east a silv'ry glow,
                                                  Out yonder waits the Saxon foe,
                                                     So chant a soldier's song.

                                                           Chorus

 


 
 
 

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