Thomas Moore

May 28, 1780 - Feb 26, 1852


This video has The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls nicely sung by Scottish-Canadian tenor John McDermott.

The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls

by Thomas Moore

The harp that once through 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 when some heart indignant breaks,
To show that still she lives!


The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore.
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