Nationality – Poem By Thomas Davis

Rebel Voice

Thomas Davis was from Mallow in County Cork. He was an Irish Republican of the protestant faith. He wrote many patriotic songs and poems that are still popular today more than 170 years after his death from TB. He was aged just 30.

Nationality

I.

A Nation’s voice, a nation’s voice–
It is a solemn thing!
It bids the bondage-sick rejoice–
‘Tis stronger than a king.
‘Tis like the light of many stars,
The sound of many waves,
Which brightly look through prison bars,
And sweetly sound in caves.
Yet is it noblest, godliest known,
When righteous triumph swells its tone.

II.

A nation’s flag, a nation’s flag–
If wickedly unrolled,
May foes in adverse battle drag
Its every fold from fold.
But in the cause of Liberty,
Guard it ‘gainst Earth and Hell;
Guard it till Death or Victory–
Look you, you guard it well!
No saint or king…

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