RISING — Thomas Ashe

Thomas Ashe was mentioned in an article a few weeks ago, which was about the battle at Ashborne.  After this battle, he was arrested and sent to prison.  Subsequently released, but quickly arrested again, Ashe went on a hunger strike, where he was force fed by his jailers, resulting in his death in prison in 1917.

While in prison in England, Ashe wrote ” Let me Carry your Cross for Ireland, Lord”, which follows:

Let me carry your Cross for Ireland, Lord
The hour of her trial draws near,
And the pangs and the pains of the sacrifice
May be borne by comrades dear.
But, Lord, take me from the offering throng,
There are many far less prepared,
Through anxious and all as they are to die
That Ireland may be spared.


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