A Calling of the Clans !
Awake ! Awake ! – Children of Ériu
The enemy is almost upon you !
There is Fire in the hills tonight
The war beacons have been set alight
As far as the naked eye can see
From the jagged coast of the Western sea
To the gentle slopes of the Eastern shore
The calm before the battle roar
Arise ! Arise ! – Sons of Eireann, our enemy is at the door
Like their accursed fathers, many times before
The hordes of a foreign king have come
They march in time to the battle drum
Like a rabid pack of hunting hounds they thunder
A raging storm, come to pillage and plunder
To take our lands, our cattle and our lives
Our beer, our whiskey and ravish our wives.
We will march once again to meet the savage foe
And our children’s children will know
Of our heroes and bravery they will tell
And sing songs to honour those who fell
Of the terrible sacrifices made this day
To bring death to strangers from lands far away
To feel the passion in our hearts, through songs and poetry
So that our bodies and minds and our people may be free.
C . Denis Murphy 08 October 2021.
Note : Ériu is associated with the Earth Goddess, one of the legendary Tuatha De Danann, a race who once ruled the island of Ireland, from whom it gets it’s name. Éire or Éireann in Irish, in English Ire-land from old Norse Viking and Germanic tribes like the Saxons Angles and Jutes who invaded Britain but failed to conquer Ireland.