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Saturday 18 August 2018

A dozen years have passed since then,

To the Memory of James Connolly

A dozen years have passed since then,

The memory has died away

Of Connolly and the martyred men

Who rose on Easter Day.

When I was six years old I heard

Connolly address a Labour crowd -

I cannot recollect a word

Yet I am very proud -

As one who stood upon the edge

Of Galilee to watch the ship

That waders pushed beyond the sedge

While bright oars flash and dip;

But not indeed as one who stood

Among the crowd on Calvary

To see Christ die for Brotherhood,

As Connolly died for me.

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