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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:32 pm 
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Comments to 'Let England Shake' video on youtube.

Thanks to owensound1000:

'The West's Asleep is a great Irish poem by Thomas Davis which also inspired the lines "the west´╗┐ shall shake the east awake walk while ye have the night for morn" in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake.'

I found out just now that it commemorates the Irish Rising of 1798 - Bliain na bhFrancach ( The Year of the French ).

The West's Asleep
(Thomas Davis)

When all beside a vigil keep,
The West's asleep, the West's asleep-
Alas! and well may Erin weep,
When Connaught lies in slumber deep.
There lake and plain smile fair and free,
'Mid rocks-their guardian chivalry-
Sing oh! let man learn liberty
From crashing wind and lashing sea.

That chainless wave and lovely, land
Freedom and Nationhood demand-
Be sure, the great God never plann'd,
For slumbering slaves, a home so grand.
And, long, a brave and haughty race
Honoured and sentinelled the place-
Sing oh! not even their sons' disgrace
Can quite destroy their glory's trace.

For often, in O'Connor's van,
To triumph dash'd each Connaught clan-
And fleet as deer the Normans ran
Through Coirrsliabh Pass and Ard Rathain.*
And later times saw deeds as brave;
And glory guards Clanricarde's grave-
Sing oh! they died their land to save,
At Aughrim's slopes and Shannon's wave.

* Vulgarly written Corlews and Ardrahan. [note in Spirit of the Nation]

And if, when all a vigil keep,
The West's; asleep, the West's asleep-
Alas! and well may Erin weep,
That Connaught lies in slumber deep.
But-hark! -some voice like thunder spake:
" The West's awake, the West's awake'-
Sing oh! hurra! let England quake,
We'll watch till death for Erins sake!"

http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/folk- ... Asleep.htm

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:21 am 
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That's nice that she was inspired by it, but I don't recall her mentioning it as an influence. But then again, she didn't mention the obvious ITD? and WC influences.

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