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O'Donnell Abu

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About This Song:

The music for "O'Donnell Abu" was written in the early 1800's by Jospeh Haliday, bandmaster of the Cavan Militia. Words were added by Michael McCann. The song was later translated into Irish by Seosamh Mac Grianna. "Abu" is an ancient Irish war-cry.

Lyrics:
Proudly the note of the trumpet is sounding
Loudly the war cries arise on the gale;
Fleetly the steed by Lough Swilly is bounding,
To join the thick squadrons in Saimear's green vale.
On, ev'ry mountaineer,
Strangers to fight and fear;
Rush to the standard of dauntless Red Hugh!
Bonnaught and Gallowglass,
Throng from each mountain pass;
On for old Erin, "O'Donnell Abu!"

Princely O'Neill to our aid is advancing,
With many a chieftain and warrior clan;
A thousand proud steeds in his vanguard are prancing,
'Neath the borders brave from the banks of the Bann:
Many a heart shall quail,
Under its coat of mail;
Deeply the merciless foeman shall rue
When on his ear shall ring,
Borne on the breeze's wing,
Tir Chonaill's dread war-cry, "O'Donnell Abu!"

Wildly o'er Desmond the war-wolf is howling,
Fearless the eagle sweeps over the plain,
The fox in the streets of the city is prowling - 
All, all who would scare them are banished or slain!
Grasp every stalwart hand
Hackbut and battle brand - 
Pay them all back the debt so long due;
Norris and Clifford well
Can of Tirconnell tell;
Onward to glory - "O'Donnell Abu!"

Sacred the cause that Clan Connell's defending - 
The altars we kneel at and homes of our sires;
Ruthless the ruin the foe is extending - 
Midnight is red with the plunderer's fires.
On with O'Donnell, then,
Fight the old fight again,
Sons of Tirconnell,
All valiant and true:
Make the false Saxon feel
Erin's avenging steel
Strike for your country! - "O'Donnell Abu!"