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Jerry Friedman Lyr/Tune Add: Avenging and Bright (Thomas Moore) (11) RE: LYR & MID Add: Avenging and Bright 18 Apr 99

"Fall" is grammatically correct. It's like "God bless you" (not "blesses") and "Hallowed be thy name" (not "is")--meaning "May God bless you" and "May thy name be hallowed." Moore's line means "May the sword of Erin fall avenging and bright." Grammar mavens will recognize this form as a subjunctive.

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