We'll sing a song, a soldier's song, With cheering rousing chorus,
As round our blazing fires we throng, The starry heavens o'er us;
Impatient for the coming fight, And as we wait the morning's light,
Here in the silence of the night, We'll chant a soldier's song.
Chorus: Soldiers are we whose lives are pledged to Ireland; Some have
come from a land beyond the wave. Sworn to be free, No more our
ancient sire land Shall shelter the despot or the slave. Tonight we
man the gap of danger In Erin's cause, come woe or weal 'Mid cannons'
roar and rifles peal, We'll chant a soldier's song.
In valley green, on towering crag, Our fathers fought before us, And
conquered 'neath the same old flag That's proudly floating o'er us.
We're children of a fighting race, That never yet has known disgrace,
And as we march, the foe to face, We'll chant a soldier's song.
Sons of the Gael! Men of the Pale! The long watched day is breaking;
The serried ranks of Inisfail Shall set the Tyrant quaking. Our camp
fires now are burning low; See in the east a silv'ry glow, Out yonder
waits the Saxon foe.
Soldier's Song (English Version) is the national anthem
of Ireland. It was composed in 1907 and was first
published in Irish Freedom in 1912. |
Saint Patrick (about 389-461) is the patron saint of
Ireland. Patrick was born in Britain.|
Ireland, together with Britain, joined
the European Economic Community in 1973.|
population of the island as a whole is just under 6 million(2006),
4.20 million live in the Irish Republic and 1.7 million
live in Northern Ireland. |
a parliamentary democracy. The National Parliament
(Oireachtas) consists of the President and two Houses:
Dáil Éireann (the House of Representatives) and Seanad
Éireann (the Senate) Northern Ireland
has a parliamentary monarchy and an electoral democracy.
The voting age is 18 in both parts of Ireland.