The Wild Geese

By William Drennan

From The Cabinet of Irish Literature, Volume 2, edited by Charles A. Read

How solemn sad by Shannon's flood
The blush of morning sun appears!
To men who gave for us their blood,
Ah! what can woman give but tears?
How still the field of battle lies!
No shouts upon the breeze are blown!
We heard our dying country's cries,
We sit deserted and alone,
Ogh hone, ogh hone, ogh hone, ogh hone,
Ogh hone, &c.,
Ah! what can woman give but tears!

Why thus collected on the strand
Whom yet the God of mercy saves,
Will ye forsake your native land?
Will you desert your brothers' graves?
Their graves give forth a fearful groan—
Oh! guard your orphans and your wives;
Like us, make Erin's cause your own,
Like us, for her yield up your lives.
Ogh hone, ogh hone, ogh hone, ogh hone,
Ogh hone, &c., Like us, for her yield up your lives.

NOTE:- The "wild geese" was the popular name of the men of the Irish Brigade

See also:—

Two Ulster Patriots (Dr William Drennan and Mrs Martha McTier)

Other poems by William Drennan:—

The Wake of William Orr
When Erin First Rose
O Sweeter than the Flagrant Flower
My Father
A Song from the Irish