We soldiers of Erin, so proud of the name|
Well raise on the rebels and Frenchmen our fame;
Well fight to the last in the honest old cause,
And guard our religion, our freedom and laws;
Well fight for our country, our King and his crown,
And make all the traitors and croppies lie down.
2. The rebels so bold, when theyve none to oppose,
To houses and haystacks are terrible foes;
They murder poor parsons and likewise their wives,
At the sight of a soldier they run for their lives;
Whennever we march over country and town
In ditches and cellars the croppies lie down.
3. United in blood to the countrys disgrace,
They secretly shoot those they dare not to face;
But whenever we catch the sly rogues in the field,
A handful of soldiers makes hundreds to yield;
The cowards collect but to raise our renown,
For as soon as we fire the croppies lie down.
4. While thus in this war so unmanly they wage|
On women, dear women, they turn their damnd rage;
Well fly to protect the dear creatures from harm,
Theyll be sure to find safety when clasped in our arms;
On love in a soldier no maiden will frown,
But bless the brave troops that made croppies lie down.
5. Should France eer attempt, by fraud or by guile,
Her forces to land on Erins green isle,
Well show that they ner can make free soldiers,slaves,
They shall only possess our green fields for their graves;
Our countrys applauses our triumphs will crown,
Whilst with their French brothers the croppies lie down.
6. When wars and when dangers agfain shall be oer
And peace with her blessings revisit our shore;
When arms we relinquish, no longer to roam
With pride will our families welcome us home:
Well drink in full bumpers past troubles to drown
A health to the lads that made croppies lie down.