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First Line: O, breathe not his name! Let it sleep in the shade
Last Line: Shall long keep his memory green in our souls.
Alternate Author Name(s): Little, Thomas
Variant Title(s): Oh! Breathe Not His Name
Subject(s): Emmet, Robert (1778-1803); Ireland - Rebellions; Nature


O, BREATHE not his name! let it sleep in the shade,
Where cold and unhonored his relics are laid;
Sad, silent, and dark be the tears that we shed,
As the night-dew that falls on the grave o'er his
head.

But the night-dew that falls, though in silence
it weeps,
Shall brighten with verdure the grave where he
sleeps;
And the tear that we shed, though in secret it
rolls,
Shall long keep his memory green in our souls.




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