The Minstrel Boy

Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

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This example of "The Minstrel Boy" is performed by Andrew Scarhart.
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Notes: Them tune is from "The Moreen," an ancient Irish air
Here's a Web site with background information about this song and Thomas Moore: http://ogallchobhair.org/minstrelboy.htm

The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death you will find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;

"Land of Song!" cried the warrior bard,
"Tho' all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"

The Minstrel fell but the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he loved never spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;

And said "No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and bravery!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery!