The Legion of the Rearguard

Melody -

1. Up the Republic, they raise their battle cry
Pearse and McDermott will pray for you on high
Eager and ready, for love of you they die
Proud march the soldiers of the Rearguard.

Legion of the Rearguard, answering Ireland's call
Hark their martial tramp is heard from Cork to Donegal
Wolfe Tone and Emmett guide you, though your task be hard
De Valera leads you, soldiers of the Legion of the Rearguard.
  2. Glorious the morning, through flame and shot and shell
Now rally Ireland, your sons who love you well
Pledged, they'll defend you, through death or prison cell
Wait for the soldiers of the Rearguard.

3. Crimson the roadside, the prison wall, the cave
Proof of their valour, go sleep in peace ye brave
Comrade tread lightly, you're near a hero's grave
Proud die the soldiers of the Rearguard.

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