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Richard Mellish Lyr Add: Sarah Jane/Star of Moville (McCurry) (13) RE: Lyr Add: Sarah Jane/Star of Moville (McCurry) 01 Oct 20


Although I contributed to this thread a year ago, I didn't mention what particularly appeals to me about it, the many odd turns of phrase. Frank Harte's notes, quoted above, mention some of them, but here are some others that catch my fancy.

"Near the dwelling of a gentleman". What's remarkable about this is that neither the gentleman nor his dwelling play any further part in the story.

"the north wind breeze". Winds and breezes are often mentioned in songs, but not together like this.

"if I had Aladdin's wondrous lamp, it would shine supremely grand". Most of us think of Aladdin's lamp having a quite different function, not as a source of light.

"by building castles in the air, great pleasure I might obtain".
That is not the usual idea about castles in the air.


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