The Rising of the Moon

Melody - "The Wearin’ o’ the Green", Seq. by Barry Taylor

John Keegan Casey, 1846-1870

"O then, tell me Sean O'Farrell,
Tell me why you hurry so"
"Hush, me Bouchall, hush and listen,"
And his cheeks were all aglow
I bear orders from the captain
Get you ready quick and soon
For the pikes must be together
At the risin' of the moon.
At the rising of the moon,
Oh the rising of the moon
For the pikes must be together
At the rising of the moon.

2. "O then, tell me Sean O'Farrell,
Where the gath'rin' is to be"
In the old spot by the river,
Right well known to you and me
One more word for signal token,
Whistle up the marchin' tune
With your pike upon your shoulder,
By the rising of the moon."

3. Out from many a mud wall cabin eyes
Were watching through that night
Many a manly heart was throbbing
For the blessed warning light
Murmurs passed along the valleys,
Like the banshee's lonely croon
And a thousand blades were flashing
At the rising of the moon.

4. There beside the singing river,
That dark mass of men were seen
Far above the shining weapons
Hung their own beloved green
Death to every foe and traitor,
Forward, strike the marching tune
And hurrah, my boys, for freedom,
Tis the rising of the moon.

5. Well, they fought for poor old Ireland,
And full bitter was their fate
Oh what glorious pride and sorrow
Fills the name of ninety eight
Yes, thank God, e'en still are beating hearts
In manhood's burning noon
Who would follow in their footsteps
At the rising of the moon.

The "Singing River" is the Inny which flows into the Shannon between Mullingar and Ballymahon. By coincidence, his birthday was 22nd August, the same as General Humbert’s and the date Humbert landed at Killala, in 1798. He died when he was only 23 as a result of the rigours of imprisonment. It is said that 50,000 people marched in his funeral procession in Dublin and that 160,000 more looked on. Thousands walked to Dublin from Longford, Westmeath and Roscommon to pay their respects.

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