“Dear Land”


"When comes the day all hearts to weigh if they be staunch or vile, Shall we forget the sacred debt we owe our mother isle?" The singer recalls the wrongs of Ireland, and his family's long devotion


John O'Hara was a writer associated with _The Nation_, though he is almost forgotten today; this is pretty definitely his best and most famous work. Supposedly Charles Gavin Duffy whispered the first few lines on his deaathbed. - RBW


  1. Dean, pp. 54-55, "Dear Land" (1 text)
  2. Roud #9558
  3. BI, Dean054


Author: Sliach Cuilinn (John O'Hara, 1822-1890)
Earliest date: 1887 (Sparling)
Keywords: Ireland patriotic
Found in: US(MW)