In memory of Cathal Brugha and Harry Boland and their many brave comrades who have fallen in defence of the Irish Republic
Not for these, O Eire,
Not for these, or thee,
Pipers, trumpeters, blazing loud,
The throbbing drums and colours flying,
And the long-drawn muffled roar of the crowd.
The voice of the human sea:
Theirs it is to inherit
Fame of a finer grace,
In the self-renewing spirit
And the untameable heart
Ever defeated, yet undefeated,
Of thy remembering race:
For their names are treasured apart,
And their memories green and sweet,
On every hillside and every mart,
In every cabin, in every street,
Of a land, where to fail is more than to triumph,
And victory less than defeat.
This commemorative ballad is found among a collection accumulated by Arthur Warren Samuels, Solicitor General for Ireland 1917-1918, and Attorney General, 1918-1919. Presented to the Library of Trinity College Dublin in the 1960’s. TCD Library. OLS Samuels box 5 no.72. Click link to view artefact via TCD Digital Collections.