The History of Patrick Pearse, One of Irelands Greatest And Most Influential Political Figures and Leaders. A Poet, A Master of the Gaelic Language, And a Nationalist. Pearse was it all. And Died for his Land I am come of the seed of the people, the people that sorrow, That have no treasure but hope, No riches laid up but a memory Of an Ancient glory. My mother bore me in bondage, in bondage my mother was born, I am of the blood of serfs; The children with whom I have played, the men and women with whom I have eaten Have had masters over them, have been under the lash of masters, And, though gentle, have served churls; Their hands that have touched mine, the dear hands whose touch is familiar to me, Have worn shameful manacles, have been bitten at the wriest by manacles Have grown hard with the manacles and the task-work of strangers. I am flesh of the flesh of these lowly, I am bone of their bone, I that have never submitted; I that have a soul greater than the souls of my people’s masters I that have vision and prophecy and the gift of fiery speech, I that have spoken with God on the top of His holy hill. And because I am of the people, I understand the people, I am sorrowful with their sorrow, I am hungry with their desire: My heart has been heavy with the grief of mothers, My eyes have been wet with the tears of children, I have yearned with old wistful men, And laughed or cursed with young men, Their shame is my shame, and I have reddened for it, Reddened for that

24 Responses to “The Words of Patrick Pearse”

  • Willobhoy98:


  • HeritageGroupEire:

    Thanks for this.

  • Paddymo27:

    This has as much meaning today about the irish goverment taking all the money of the people and giving it to Merkel and the eurozone **** them

  • scienceatheism:

    Yes. There were recorders back in the early parts of the 20th century. The Easter Rising was recorded with a Nokia.

  • james carron:

    Is this his voice or someone reading his speech?

  • deadpoolhanna:

    and islolated protestant communities fearful of nationalism and Dublin rule. Surely it is not unimaginable that they can embrace their Irish identity as I and others I know of have. Religion can no longer play a part in the politics of this country nor can the petty tribalism still so prevalent in the North, otherwise the people of this island will never be free.

  • deadpoolhanna:

    I was born and bred in the loyalist heartlands of North Antrim, I see nothing but union jacks, red white and blue painted kerbs, vile sectarian graffiti and drunken louts parading their ‘traditional culture’ while managing to shred any piece of credibility with their disgusting, violent, WKD fueled behaviour. I joined a flute band when I was 14, and was taught UDA songs and so much other filth. Loyalism in the North is nothing more than thuggery, an olive branch must be extended to misinformed

  • TheSmorris1:

    Pearse was unlikely to have been “gay”; had there been a shred of evidence the British government would have exploited it to the max. Many people’s openness and affection are misread, either in earnest or with malice intended. We can rest assured that the British would have liked nothing better than to have “exposed” another Irish patriot as a homosexual. That did not happen – I believe because it could not. There is no reason to debate this; the man was a courageous patriot.

  • matchstick181:

    they have left us our finian dead, ireland unfree shall never be at peace

  • Ronan Hyde:

    Padraig Pearse was a man of Ireland and spoke for the people of Ireland he fought and was executed for his so called crimes .it was he and and many others such as micheal Collins and eamonn de Valera who freed us the irish people and we are and ever shall be ever grateful for their deeds

  • As Eirinn:

    please delete the anntoation…

  • Lissadell1916:

    This day, 3rd May 1916 this great man was executed. His poems, songs, orations and deeds are still engraved on the hearts of so many men and women. I hope and pray that his vision of a free and united Ireland will come soon — “We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible”- “and we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity, or rapine”– RIP

  • MarmiteNelly:

    @andr3w103 Yeah, you’re the dope, go learn your Irish history there before you try correcting people.

  • gmsm520:

    you are a true irishman ireland unfree shall NEVER have peace because without freedom you cannot be peacefull and you cannot be peacefull when you are not free

  • gmsm520:

    he also died soon after the easter rising in a british prison, he was exicuted thus he may have never had a chance to truly recover from the womans death

  • gmsm520:

    we need a leader like him

  • gmsm520:

    the only thing worse than bloodished “Pádraig Pearse” and im my words the only way to destroy slavery has been through bloodshed it seems

  • vikingcrest12:

    The Irish people do not have large armies or powerful weapons, but we have something the British will never be able to conquer: An unbending spirit; a want for freedom; knowing we are greater then our British masters, we will never be defeated!

  • Will Mannix:

    actually king billy was apparently a homo not messing.

  • kaylesemma:

    😮 who the fudge said he’s gay? HE WAS NOT! he had a girlfriend but she died while tryin to save a young boy and friend from drowning at sea, he was so sad he never loved anyone again except his family, pupils of his school and his country! and to anyone who says he was gay POG MO THOIN!!!!!!

  • Saoirse Völsung:

    its 1916 but yea thumbs up

  • dohz13:

    gay or not gay is that an issue.are you a tyrant?

  • masacrist:

    im serbian and i have no place to speak on the political problems in this region.

    but this man had a powerful speech, surely this lifted up many opressed men and women to fight for their freedom

  • gar2k10staffy:

    August 1 1915
    Padraic Pearse
    They think they have pacified Ireland. They think that they have purchased half of us and intimidated the other half. They think that they have forseen everything, think that they have provided against everything; but the fools. the folls, the fools! -they have left us our fenian dead, and while Ireland hold these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.

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