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SONG FOR JULY 12TH, 1843, by            
First Line: Come! Pledge again thy heart and hand
Last Line: And we for one another.
Subject(s): Ireland; Patriotism; Irish


Come! pledge again thy heart and hand--
One grasp that ne'er shall sever;
Our watchword be--"Our native land"--
Our motto--"Love for ever."
And let the Orange lily be
Thy badge, my patriot brother--
The everlasting green for me;
And we for one another.

Behold how green the gallant stem
On which the flower is blowing;
How in one heavenly breeze and beam
Both flower and stem are glowing.
The same good soil, sustaining both,
Makes both united flourish,
But cannot give the Orange growth
And cease the Green to nourish.

Yea, more--the hand that plucks the flower
Will vainly strive to cherish;
The stem blooms on--but in that hour
The flower begins to perish.
Regard them, then, of equal worth
While lasts their genial weather;
The time's at hand when into earth
The two shall sink together.

Ev'n thus be, in our country's cause,
Our party feelings blended;
Till lasting peace, from equal laws,
On both shall have descended.
Till then the Orange lily be
Thy badge, my patriot brother--
The everlasting Green for me;
And we for one another.





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