“Bas an Chroppi (The Dead Croppy)”


Gaelic. Singer finds a dying croppy. He seems transported to his mother's home. She tells him that his father has been killed. "Shall Eire never a tear bestow On the soldier who fought her fight?"


The description is from the translation by William Rooney as Moylan 140, "The Dead Croppy." - BS

Douglas Hyde was the first president of the Gaelic League (though not its founder); he held the post from 1893 to 1915, when he resigned because he thought its political direction too dangerous. He joined the Senate of the Irish Free State in 1925, and was President of Ireland (the first to hold that post under the revised constitution) from 1938 to 1944/5. - RBW

Historical references

  • 1798 - Irish rebellion against British rule


  1. Moylan 139, "Bas an Chroppi" (1 Gaelic text); 140, "The Dead Croppy" (1 English text)
  2. BI, Moyl139


Author: Gaelic text by An Craoibhin Aoibhinn (Douglas Hyde, 1860-1949), translated by William Rooney (source: Moylan)
Earliest date: 1898 (according to Moylan)