Shutting of the Gates

Cecil F. Alexander: That Bleak Day in December

‘O child thou must remember
That bleak day in December
When the ‘Prentice Boys of Derry
Rose up and shut the gates.

And of these heroic times,
If the tale be told in rhymes,
When the statesmen of the future
Learns no lesson from the past;

When the rude hands are upsetting
And cold hearts are forgotting
And faction sways the senate,
And faith is overcast:

Then these Derry men shall tell
Who would serve his country well
Must be strong in his conviction,
And valiant in his deed,

Must be patient in enduring,
And determined in securing
The liberty to serve his God,
The freedom of his creed.’

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