Let Erin remember the days of old (William Rhys-Herbert)

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  • (Posted 2024-01-29)  CPDL #78940:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-01-29).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 273 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Let Erin remember the days of old
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: William Rhys-Herbert
Lyricist: Thomas Moore
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1904 J. Fischer & Bro.
Description: AIR: THE RED FOX

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Original text and translations

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Let Erin remember the days of old,
Ere her faithless sons betray’d her;
When Malachi wore the collar of gold [1],
Which he won from her proud invader;
When her kings, with standard of green unfurl’d
Led the Red-Branch Knights to danger [2];
Ere the emerald gem of the western world
Was set in the crown of a stranger.

On Lough Neagh’s bank as the fisherman strays [3],
When the clear, cold eve’s declining,
He sees the round towers of other days,
In the wave beneath him shining!
Thus shall memory often, in dreams sublime,
Catch a glimpse of the days that are over;
Thus, sighing, look thro’ the waves of time
For the long faded glories they cover!