The Irish Minister for Arts, Jimmy Deenihan, has asked all people of Irish heritage to observe the minute’s silence on Sunday to respect our ancestors who perished, suffered and emigrated during an Gorta Mór, a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration between 1845 and 1852.
Weary men, what reap ye? Golden corn for the stranger.
What sow ye? Human corpses that wait for the avenger.
Fainting forms, hunger-stricken, what see you in the offing
Stately ships to bear our food away, amid the stranger's scoffing.
There's a proud array of soldiers—what do they round your door?
They guard our master's granaries from the thin hands of the poor.
Pale mothers, wherefore weeping? 'Would to God that we were dead—
Our children swoon before us, and we cannot give them bread