West's awake

Lyrics

When all beside a vigil keep
The West’s asleep, the West’s asleep
Alas, and well may Erin weep
When Connacht lies in slumber deep
Their lakes and plains smile fair and free
‘Mid rocks their guardian chivalry
Sing oh, let man learn liberty
From crashing wind and lashing sea

That chainless wave and lovely land
Freedom and nationhood demand
Be sure the great God never planned
For slumbering slaves, a home so grand.
And long a brave and haughty race
Honoured and sentinelled the place
Sing oh, not even their sons’ disgrace
Can quite destroy their glory’s trace

For often in O’Connor’s van
To triumph dashed each Connacht clan
And fleet as deer, the Normans ran
Thro’ Cora Sliabh Pass and Ardrahan
And later times saw deeds as brave
And glory guards Clanricarde’s grave
Sing oh, they died their land to save
At Aughrim’s slopes and Shannon’s wave

And if, when all a vigil keep
The West’s asleep, the West’s asleep
Alas, and well may Erin weep
That Connacht lies in slumber deep
But hark, a voice like thunder spake
The West’s awake, the West’s awake
Sing oh, Hurrah, let England quake
We’ll watch till death for Erin’s sake

Galway 1

Songs of Galway


Notes

Clip – Reg Keating



County

Galway

Song Themes

Williamite War

Songwriter

Thomas Davis