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Boyhood's fire was in his blood and he fought for Ireland's freedom.

A Nation Once Again

When boyhood's fire was in my blood
   C          D7        G 
I read of ancient freemen
                         Em              G           C
Of Greece and Rome, who bravely stood
           Am         D7
Three hundred men and three men
And then I prayed I yet might see
        C         A7       B7
Our fetters rent in twain
       C           Cm      D
And Ireland long a province, be
   Am       D        G
A nation once again

                          C        Am                  D7
A nation once again A nation once again
       G           Em      C              D      G        D          G
And Ireland long a province, be A nation once again

So from the time through wildest woe
        C              D7         G
That hope has shone a far light
                Em                  G            C  
Nor could love brightest summer glow
       Am            D7
Outshine that solemn starlight
It seemed to watch above my head
    C         A7           B7
In forum, field and fane
      C        Cm            D
It's angle voice rang round my bed
   Am      D         G
A nation once again

So as I grew from boy to man
  C            D7        G
I bent me to that bidding-
       Em                G         C
The spirit of each selfish plan
        Am   D7 
And cruel passions ridding
For thus, I hoped some day to aid-
       C            A7          B7
Oh, can such hope be vain?
          C            Cm        D   
When my dear country shall be made
    Am      D        G
A nation once again