“Arbour Hill”

Author: Robert Emmet (1778-1803) (source: Moylan)
Earliest date: 2000 (Moylan)
Keywords: rebellion execution Ireland nonballad patriotic

Description

"No rising column marks the spot Where many a victim lies." The blood shed there makes claims for justice. We will be satisfied with freedom without retribution. The ground is unconsecrated but the dead are consecrated by patriot tears.

Notes

Moylan: "Many rebels were executed and buried at Arbour Hill in Dublin after the rebellion had been suppressed. Robert Emmet wrote this piece after a visit to the site of the croppy graves." - BS

For Emmet see of course the notes to "Bold Robert Emmet" and the various other Emmet songs. - RBW

References

  1. Moylan 154, "Arbour Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Moyl154