Foggy Dew, The

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  • Teideal (Title): Foggy Dew, The.
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 850502.
  • Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): none.
  • Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): 973.
  • Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
  • Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
  • Cnuasach (Collection): Joe Heaney Collection, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): English.
  • Catagóir (Category): song.
  • Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney.
  • Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): Patrick O’Donnell.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): unavailable.
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  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): private.
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As down the glen one Easter morn to a city fair roved I
There a line of marching men in squadrons passed me by
No pipe did hum, no battle drum did sound a sweet tattoo
The Angelus bell o’er the Liffey swell rang out in the foggy dew.

And proudly high over Dublin town we raised out a flag of war
‘Twas better to die ‘neath an Irish sky than at Suvla or Salvator
From the plains of royal Meath brave men came hurrying through
While Britannia’s sons with their long-range guns sailed into the foggy dew.

‘Twas England bade our wild geese go that small nations might be free
But their lonely graves are by Suvla’s waves or the fringe of the black North Sea
Oh, had they died by Pearse’s side or fought with Cathal Brugha
Their name we would keep where the Fenian sleeps in the hills of the foggy dew.

Back to the glen I roamed again, my heart with grief was sore
I parted with the gallant men I’ll never see no more
And to and fro in my dreams I go, I’ll kneel and pray for you
For slavery fled while you glorious fell and died in the foggy dew.