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0 posted 03-24-2000 10:11 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

** This poem is historical, not political. All facts have been documented in historical records **

Scotland has the thistle - Mother England has the rose.
Ireland has the shamrock which, of course, the whole world knows
But there is yet another symbol deep in Irish Lore
By which the Emerald Isle was known so many years before.

Penal laws against the Church wreaked havoc on the land.
Harsh tariffs forced the starving countryside to make its stand.
They banded into warring groups - the symbol that they chose
In Irish is the Roisin Dubh - in English.....the Black Rose.

In the Young Irish disorders, back in 1848
Nine Irishmen were treasonous and brought before the gate.
All members of the Roisin Dubh, their fate was quickly known
And they were given one last chance for their crimes to atone.

Their leader, Thomas Meagher, said "This is our first offence
And we were caught because we lack enough experience.
If you will set us free, be sure the lesson has been taught
And, in the future, I assure you we will not get caught!"

Indignant judges sentenced them to be hung until dead
Then drawn and quartered. Through the world the verdict quickly sped.
Strong public outcry forced Victoria to stay her hand
And send them to Austrailia, then a wild and hostile land.

Twenty-six years afterwards, news came across the sea,
Astounded Queen Victoria so bad she dropped her tea.
The elected Prime Minister of Australia that the people chose
Was Charles Duffy, one of the nine of the infamous Black Rose!

On Queen's demand, the records of the nine men were uncovered
And, when compiled, this is what Victoria discovered...

Charles Duffy
Prime Minister of Australia

Thomas Francis Meagher
Governor of Montana

Terrence McManus
Brigadier General, United States Army

Patrick Donahue
Brigadier General, United States Army

Richard O'Gorman
Governor General of Newfoundland

Morris Lyene
Attorney General of Australia

Michael Ireland
Succeeded Morris Lyene as Attorney General

Thomas D'Arcy McGee
Member of Parliament, Montreal
Minister of Agriculture
President of Council Dominion of Canada

John Mitchell
Prominent New York Politician
Father of John Purroy Mitchell,
Mayor of New York


So gather 'round the campfire, Lads. We'll raise a cup or two
On chilly Irish evenings when the moon is in full hue
For those brave lads who chose to stand and fight dear Ireland's foes
And we shall ne'er forget the Roisin Dubh....our own Black Rose.


The song, the Roisin Dubh, is reputed to have originated in the camps of Red Hugh O'Donnell, a seventeenth century chieftan at odds with Elizabethian rule. The Irish words have often been translated, the most famous of all being James Clarence Mangan's "Dark Rosaleen".


O MY Dark Rosaleen,
Do not sigh, do not weep!
The priests are on the ocean green,
They march along the deep.
There’s wine from the royal Pope,
Upon the ocean green;
And Spanish ale shall give you hope,
My Dark Rosaleen!
My own Rosaleen!

Shall glad your heart, shall give you hope,
Shall give you health, and help, and hope,
My Dark Rosaleen!
Over hills, and thro’ dales,
Have I roam’d for your sake;
All yesterday I sail’d with sails
On river and on lake.
The Erne, at its highest flood,
I dash’d across unseen,
For there was lightning in my blood,
My Dark Rosaleen!
My own Rosaleen!
O, there was lightning in my blood,
Red lightning lighten’d thro’ my blood.
My Dark Rosaleen!
All day long, in unrest,
To and fro, do I move.
The very soul within my breast
Is wasted for you, love!
The heart in my bosom faints
To think of you, my Queen,
My life of life, my saint of saints,
My Dark Rosaleen!
My own Rosaleen!

To hear your sweet and sad complaints,
My life, my love, my saint of saints,
My Dark Rosaleen!
Woe and pain, pain and woe,
Are my lot, night and noon,
To see your bright face clouded so,
Like to the mournful moon.
But yet will I rear your throne
Again in golden sheen;
Tis you shall reign, shall reign alone,
My Dark Rosaleen!
My own Rosaleen!
’Tis you shall have the golden throne,
’Tis you shall reign, and reign alone,
My Dark Rosaleen!

Over dews, over sands,
Will I fly, for your weal:
Your holy delicate white hands
Shall girdle me with steel.
At home, in your emerald bowers,
From morning’s dawn till e’en,
You’ll pray for me, my flower of flowers,
My Dark Rosaleen!
My fond Rosaleen!

You’ll think of me through daylight hours,
My virgin flower, my flower of flowers,
My Dark Rosaleen!
I could scale the blue air,
I could plough the high hills,
O, I could kneel all night in prayer,
To heal your many ills!
And one beamy smile from you
Would float like light between
My toils and me, my own, my true,
My Dark Rosaleen!
My fond Rosaleen!

Would give me life and soul anew,
A second life, a soul anew,
My Dark Rosaleen!
O, the Erne shall run red,
With redundance of blood,
The earth shall rock beneath our tread,
And flames wrap hill and wood,
And gun-peal and slogan-cry
Wake many a glen serene,
Ere you shall fade, ere you shall die,
My Dark Rosaleen!
My own Rosaleen!

The Judgement Hour must first be nigh,
Ere you can fade, ere you can die,
My Dark Rosaleen!


James Clarence Mangan  1803-1849


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Elizabeth
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1 posted 03-24-2000 10:20 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

I love it, Balladeer! What a story-and well told, too.

Elizabeth

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2 posted 03-24-2000 10:28 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
Thank you for posting this it was a wonderful read and I enjoyed it very much.
Sy
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3 posted 03-24-2000 10:28 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Doesn't surprise me a bit! We have a pretty awesome ancestry, don't we? Thanks for this wonderful piece of the past!! Well written, Balladeer!

Denise
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And only you could make this flow so well...thanks for the brush-up Deer!!!

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5 posted 03-24-2000 11:24 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

I enjoyed this so much Michael ...
This piece is exquisite in its format ....
A wonderful, wonderful work ...
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6 posted 03-24-2000 11:46 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Michael Mack~

This has just blown me away with growing admiration
for you and your talent.
I mean, like I already liked you and everything ..
but this just bonded us.

It is the most refreshing history lesson
of our great Ireland that I've ever heard told.  
Sure, I'd heard the tale of
The Black Rose ... but it came alive
with the quilling from your pen.

It is with great Irish pride that I
print it out and pass it on to my children.
Sir, I bow gracefully to your versatility
and your abounding talent.

Love you ....
~*Marge*~


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Oh, Balladder,

you KNOW I loved this one!

Brilliant!

Corinne
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Sir Balladeer, this is just simply amazing! I sat here and read with an ear to ear smile, and couldn't tear my eyes from the screen.  I am so very proud of my Irish heritage, and like Marge I had heard the tale of the Black Rose before...but you have burned it into my heart and memory, completely.  Thank you!
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it gave me chills bally!!
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Balladeer...I have never heard this tale before and I'm sure I will never hear it again told with such magnitude as you have told it. Well done  
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I'm from Australia, and didn't know of this, so I found it an interesting story..and a well written poem too..
what a treat!! Thanks  

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Elizabeth and Sy....thank you for the kind words.

Denise...That we do for sure   Thank you

Devina...brush up, yes. Brush off, never.  

Pepper...It's always a pleasure to bring a smile to your face.

Marge...but did you REALLY like it? hehe. I thank you so much for your words. I'm proud you will show it to your children. My pen quills with delight  

Corinne...I had a feeling you might. Thank you, friend.

Satiate...I'm so glad you feel that way! It is a heritage to be proud of, for sure.

Walt...Thanks for allowing me to change your body chemistry  

Ruth...There are so many fascinating slices of history waiting for the light of day. Thanks for sharing this one with me.

Tess...I'm so glad you enjoyed it. There are many tidbits of American history I'm not familiar with, either. I'm happy to have helped you discover it.  
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This is truly one of your best! Your poetry always has a way to teach me something..whether about the human condition, my own heart or about something as fascinating as this. Thank you.  
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Balladeer, excellant beyond words, a must save copy. keep those Irish poems and stories coming.

Parker
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OhMiGawd.... give this Deer man a few hours to himself, and lookee what he comes up with... I don't think I'm related to any of 'em though....

This is just wonderful, my Deer friend..
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Balladeer, this is fantastic...and new to me...I admire the work that went into telling this with such authority and writing ability....just wow!
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Balladeer

Liked it so much, I think i'll have a Irish coffee!!!. Good read

tom

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Balladeer, I grew up with this tale, and you tell it so well. Wonderful writing.  
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Deer, this is such a wonderful work, I'm sending it back for another round...
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20 posted 03-26-2000 01:13 PM       View Profile for Mistikman   Email Mistikman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mistikman

Superb work Balladeer, I doubt many could have done better.
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Why Balladeer and astounding tell so well told.  I had never heard this story, even when we briefly spoke of it a while back.  This puts my Ned Kelly efforts to waste.  Wonderfully told as only our Balladeer can!!  

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This was a lot of work on your part I'm sure ... and as you can tell ... it is greatly appreciated
thankyou so much for these works
well done

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Sir 'Deer, when I was a young'un I do recall reading something about "The Black Rose" or a book with a name to that effect.  Certainly it was about this happening and time period.  Thanks for opening Passions Doors once again in a broader sense of the word.

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Yanno? I just hate you! Oh yea, you're wise, a "right fart smella'.....I mean, right smart fella...and you're ugly?...And ya still got all this going for ya?..women....money...roaches.....talent...a big nose.....I just don't understand?
 
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