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bigJ Lyr Req: Irish Settler's Lament (7) Lyr Add: THE IRISH EMIGRANT (Lady Dufferin) 13 Sep 99

Joe, I'm not convinced that this is the one, but Lady Dufferin wrote The Irish Emigrant which Count John McCormick recorded in New York on the 13th of January in 1928. It's always been a great favourite among tenors - and indeed it regularly turns up in the repertoire of traditional singers too. Frank Harte makes a good job of it. Here are the words.

(Lady Dufferin)

I'm sitting by the stile, Mary, where we sat side by side,
On a bright May morning long ago when first you were my bride
And the corn was springing fresh and green, and the lark sang loud and high
And the red was on your lips Mary, and the love-light in your eye.

The place is little changed, Mary, the day is bright as then
The lark's loud song is in my ear, and the corn is green again
But, I miss the soft clasp of your hand and the breath warm on my cheek
And I still keep listening to the words, you never more may speak
You never more may speak.

I'm very lonely now, Mary, for the poor make no new friends,
But oh, they love the better still the few our father sends
And you were all I had Mary, my blessing and my pride
There's nothing left to care for now since my poor Mary died

I'm bidding you a long farewell, my Mary kind and true,
But I'll not forget you darling, in the land I'm going to.
They say there's bread and work for all, and the sun shines always there
But I'll ne'er forget old Ireland were it fifty times as fair
Were it fifty times as fair.

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