Songs We Like to Sing

Published 1912
The Harp That Once Thro' Tara's Halls

            Thomas Moore

The harp that once thro' Tara's halls
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 where some heart indignant breaks,
To show that still she lives.

© 1999, Lynn Waterman