Crimson flag of Derry


A band of youthful heroes
Within our Maiden Walls
Once dared a tyrant’s mandates
As history recalls
Despising threats and shackles
That would have sealed their woes
They thundered forth defiance
Against insulting foes

Huzza then for the Crimson Flag
That floated brisk and gay
And waved defiance to the foes
Huzza, Huzza, Huzza

A monarch once in martial mood
Our walls in state approached
Demanding entrance but he found
His presence had encroached
A burst repugnant to his ears
Saluted from within
He wheeled about and fled through fear
In spite of shame or sin

Away went James with whip and spur
And foremost drove his steed
Nor looked behind but wistfully
Mount Gavelin sought with speed
To Dublin next he sped his way
And sorely did he rue
To Derry e’er he set his face
Its rebels to subdue

A ruthless force surrounded had
Our city doomed they thought
But soon they found their false hopes
Had gained less than they sought
A corps of dauntless heros
Our sires in days of yore
Rushed boldly out upon the foe
And scorned the cannon’s roar

When gallant Browning led the van
Each pulse beat high with praise
Revered the power that ruled their fate
Their drooping hearts to raise
Whilst famine, fever raged within
The savage hordes around
Foiled took a hasty moonlight flight
And left the tented ground

Let tyrants rule with infamy
And serfs and slaves trepan
Religion, life and liberty
Are dear to every man
Victoria reigns supreme with us
Let others dare say nay
Who snarl and puff or proudly boast
Britannia bears the sway


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Siege of Derry