Learn More

Thomas Moore

(28 May 1779 – 25 February 1852 / Dublin)

Befire the Battle


By the hope within us springing,
Herald of to-morrow's strife;
By that sun, whose light is bringing
Chains or freedom, death or life --
Oh! remember life can be
No charm for him, who lives not free!
Like the day-star in the wave,
Sinks a hero in his grave,
'Midst the dew-fall of a nation's tears.

Happy is he o'er whose decline
The smiles of home may soothing shine,
And light him down the steep of years:
But oh, how blest they sink to rest,
Who close their eyes on victory's breast!

O'er his watch-fire's fading embers
Now the foeman's cheek turns white,
When his heart that field remembers,
Where we tamed his tyrant might.
Never let him bind again
A chain like that we broke from then.
Hark! the horn of combat calls --
Ere the golden evening falls,
May we pledge that horn in triumph round.

Many a heart that now beats high,
In slumber cold at night shall lie,
Nor waken even at victory's sound: --
But oh how blest that hero's sleep,
O'er whom a wondering world shall weep!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: hero, freedom, star, remember, happy, fire, sleep, hope, light, home, death, sun, heart, world, night, life, spring, smile

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Befire the Battle by Thomas Moore )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. AA, Vera Sidhwa
  2. Be ants, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  3. Sketching Patterns, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  4. Assurance, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  5. Us Of A, Joe Muschaweck
  6. Don't be primitive, Aftab Alam
  7. Trophy Mother, Antonio Liao
  8. Accruing Factions Of Life, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  9. Turning pages, Jamie Fox
  10. Being Within, RoseAnn V. Shawiak

Poem of the Day

poet Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knows he who tills this lonely field
To reap its scanty corn,
What mystic fruit his acres yield
At midnight and at morn?

In the long sunny afternoon,
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. And Death Shall Have No Dominion, Dylan Thomas
  8. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  9. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  10. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]