Moan, ye winds, ye caverns call " Orro, orro ! " to our sorrow, While we bear 'neath one black pall Brian, Murrough, from Fingal. Still though wasted, wounded, weary, On, Dalcassians ! to your eyrie, Eagles, crying from your crag, " We have rent the Raven's flag." How O'Brien's banshee cried, Wailing, warning, ere that morning, When the Lochlan in his pride Whitened all the ocean side. Sea kings stern from Norway’s highlands, Pirate chiefs from Orkney’s islands. Lords of Leinster, Britain, Wales, By the shore a thousand sails "On this day," great Brian cried To the foeman, "Jew and Roman Christ, our Saviour, crucified. Hold we truce till Easter-tide ! " Loud rang back their impious laughter, "Fight comes first, thanksgiving after!' "Perish then, with shameful loss, Howling fiends before the Cross!" Plait and Donnell brand to brand First in raging wrath engaging, Heart pierced by each other's hand, Fell together on the strand. Then before the sword of Murrough Fled the Dane; till to our sorrow Anrud, Norway's champion dread, Murrough met and both lay dead. But our rallying cry awoke, "Kian, Kian, Desmond's lion!" And, at Kian's dreadful stroke, Reeled the Lochlan ranks and broke. "Now with strains of martial glory To the King to tell our story," But we found great Brian low; Och, ochone ! och ullalo! Moan, ye winds, ye caverns call "Orro, orro !" to our sorrow, While we bear 'neath one black pall Brian, Murrough, from Fingal. Still though wasted, wounded, weary, On, Dalcassians! to your eyrie, Eagles, crying from your crag, "We have rent the Raven's flag!"
- by Alfred Perceval Graves (1846 - 1931), "The return from Fingal" [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), "The return from Fingal", published [1882?] [voice and piano], from the collection Songs of Old Ireland. A Collection of Fifty Irish Melodies Unknown in England, no. 7, arrangement ; London, Boosey & Co. ; dedicated to Johannes Brahms, August 1882 [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson
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