Huzza for Dawson

Lyrics

Up sons of Louth, your strength display
Curb bigot zeal and party sway
For equal rights your votes array
And plumpers give to Dawson
What has your God made light to shine
On but a few of Adam’s line?
No, partial laws are not divine
Huzza, huzza for Dawson

No longer bow the slavish knee
Nor sigh in vain for liberty
The man of men elect; be free
By plumping all for Dawson
Who hails this day with heart and hand
To harmonize his native land
And discord hurl from Erin’s strand
A loud huzza for Dawson

Whose souls enobling grand design
Is that our conscience should recline
Beneath emancipation’s vine
Success, success to Dawson
Then rouse my boys, your strength display
Curb bigot zeal and party sway
For equal rights, your votes array
Huzza, huzza for Dawson


Notes

A 1826 election ballad for Alexander Dawson (1771-1831) of Riverstown, Ardee, County Louth. Dawson, supported by Danial O’Connell won a large majority vote for Catholic Emancipation.



County

Louth

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Land League

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