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Grace by Joseph Plunkett – Song and Lyrics

by Peter · Published March 28, 2015 · Updated November 19, 2015

To Grace Gifford from Joseph Plunkett, the poet and rebel, the following verse of a poem he wrote to her. The song that follows was written to commemorate the fact that he married his fiancée, Grace, just four hours before he was executed for his participation in the GPO uprising. A was a beautiful way to show how much he loved her, and a reminder of the sacrifice made by the brave men and women who struggled for Ireland’s independence. Lyrics below

Grace

Lyrics to Grace

As we gather in the chapel here in old Kilmainham Jail I think about these past few weeks, oh will they say we’ve failed? From our school days they have told us we must yearn for liberty

Yet all I want in this dark place is to have you here with me

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Bombing of The GPO

Oh Grace just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger They’ll take me out at dawn and I will die With all my love I place this wedding ring upon your finger

There won’t be time to share our love for we must say goodbye

Now I know it’s hard for you my love to ever understand The love I bare for these brave men, the love for my dear land But when Pádraic called me to his side down in the GPO

I had to leave my own sick bed, to him I had to go

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Joseph Mary Plunkett

Oh, Grace just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger They’ll take me out at dawn and I will die With all my love I’ll place this wedding ring upon your finger

There won’t be time to share our love for we must say goodbye

Now as the dawn is breaking, my heart is breaking too On this May morn as I walk out, my thoughts will be of you And I’ll write some words upon the wall so everyone will know

I loved so much that I could see his blood upon the rose.

Oh, Grace just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger They’ll take me out at dawn and I will die With all my love I’ll place this wedding ring upon your finger There won’t be time to share our love for we must say goodbye

For we must say goodbye

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