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GUEST,Firínne Meaning of 'The Coolin' (72* d) RE: Meaning of 'The Coolin' 23 Apr 03


Martin - you said above that Carroll Malone's 'Coulin' has no direct connection with the original.

How would you know?   Seeing that nobody apparently knows the original in the first place.

It's a matter of conjecture as to whether it was about a beautiful woman or a lock of hair.   Indeed it's a matter of conjecture as to whether there was even words to it at all originally!

As I said in one of the other threads, the tune was claimed to have been composed in 1295, which was when the act was passed by the English government forbidding the English settlers to wear the Coulin.
The only existing Gaelic words date back to 1641, credited to Maurice O'Dugan, a bard from Tyrone.
It was translated by Thomas Furlong, [and I doubt very much if his first language was Irish, as he was a Wexfordman] as follows:

Had you seen my sweet Coulin at the days early dawn,
When she moves through the Wildwood or wide dewy lawn?
There is joy, there is bliss in her soul-cheering smile,
She's the fairest of flowers in our green bosomed isle.

In Balanagar dwells the bright blooming maid,
Retired, like the primrose that blows in the shade;
Still dear to the eye that fair primrose may be,
But dearer and sweeter is my Coulin to me.

Oh, Dearest! thy love from thy childhood, was mine,
Oh, Sweetest! this heart from life's op'ning was thine;
And though coldness by kindred or friends may be shown,
Still, still my sweet Coulin, that heart is thine own.

Thou light of all beauty, be true still to me,
Forsake not thy swain, love though poor he may be;
For rich in affection, in constancy tried,
We may look down on wealth in its pomp and its pride.

I'm not sure if there's more of this, but this is all I have, and quite frankly, it's enough!!   Personally I much prefer Malone's Coulin!


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