We saw a Vision- poem to be read at Garden of Remembrance

The text, in English and in Irish, of the poem that will be read today at the Garden of Remembrance in the presence of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who will lay a wreath in memory of those who died in the struggle for Irish freedom.

We Saw A Vision

In the darkness of despair we saw a vision, We lit the light of hope, And it was not extinguished, In the desert of discouragement we saw a vision, We planted the tree of valour, And it blossomed

In the winter of bondage we saw a vision, We melted the snow of lethargy, And the river of resurrection flowed from it.

We sent our vision aswim like a swan on the river, The vision became a reality, Winter became summer, Bondage became freedom, And this we left to you as your inheritance.

O generation of freedom remember us, The generation of the vision.

“As Gaeilge” For those who can understand, the poem is much more powerful in its native language. As Gaeilge, it goes like this:

I ndorchacht an éadóchais rinneadh aisling dúinn. Lasamar solas an dóchais. Agus níor múchadh é.

I bhfásach an lagmhisnigh rinneadh aisling dúinn. Chuireamar crann na crógachta. Agus tháing bláth air.

I ngeimhreadh na daoirse rinneadh aisling dúinn. Mheileamar sneachta táimhe. Agus rith abhainn na hathbheochana as.

Chuireamar ár n-aisling ag snámh mar eala ar an abhainn. Rinneadh fírinne den aisling. Rinneadh samhradh den gheimhreadh. Rinneadh saoirse den daoirse. Agus d’fhágamar agaibhse mar oidhreacht í.

A ghlúnta na saoirse cuimhnígí orainne, glúnta na haislinge…

Liam Mac Uistín

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2 thoughts on “We saw a Vision- poem to be read at Garden of Remembrance

  1. A beautiful poem. Thank you for putting it on your blog. Didn’t manage to see that ceremony this morning.

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