Declan Hunt – The West’s Asleep

The lyrics of this fine ballad will be stirring to all with rebel blood in their veins. It is based on the poem by Thomas Davis. The audio follows the lyrics.

The West’s Asleep

When all beside a vigil keep,

The West’s asleep, the West’s asleep –

Alas! and well may Éireann weep

When Connacht lies in slumber deep.

Her lake and plain smile fair and free,

‘Mid rocks her 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 once a mighty and haughty race

Had honoured and sentinelled the place.

Sing, Oh! not even her sons’ disgrace

Can quite destroy her glory’s trace.

For often, in Ó Connor’s van,

To triumph dashed each Connacht clan.

And fleet as deer the Normans ran

Through Corrsliabh Pass and Ardrahan;

And later times saw deeds as brave,

And glory guards Clanricard’s grave,

Sing, Oh! they died their land to save

From 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 Éireann weep

When 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 Éireann’s sake.

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