The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls

tara
The Hill of Tara, County Meath

The soul of music shed,
Now hangs as mute on Tara’s walls
As if that soul were fled.
So sleeps the pride of former days,
So glory’s thrill is o’er,
And hearts that once beat high for praise,
Now feel that pulse no more!

 No more to chiefs and ladies bright
The harp of Tara swells;
The chord alone that breaks at night,
Its tale of ruin tells.
Thus Freedom now so seldom wakes,
The only throb she gives
Is when some heart indignant breaks,
To show that still she lives.

(poem by Irish poet Thomas Moore 1779-1852)

(for more info: http://www.knowth.com/tara.htm)


© Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me, 2011-2012.

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