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Meeting Of The Waters (MacEdward Leach)

There is not in this wide world a valley so sweet,
As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet;
Ere the last rays of feeling and life must depart,
Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart.
Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart.

Yet it was not that nature had shed o'er the sea,
Her purest of crystal and brightest of green;
'Twas not her soft magic of streamlet or hill,
Oh, no, it was something more exquisite still.
Oh, no, it was something more exquisite still.

Sweet vale of Avoca! How calm could I rest
In thy boughs of shade with the prince I love best?
Ere the storms that we sail in this cold world should cease,
And our hearts like the waters be mingled in peace.
And our hearts like the waters be mingled in peace.

####.... Based on a poem by Thomas Moore [1779-1852]. Variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad, Meeting Of The Waters, published by G Walker (Durham) sometime between 1797 and 1834, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballad, shelfmark: Harding B 11(2174) ....####
The above lyrics were collected in 1951 from Mrs Margaret Bulger [1906-2000] of Trepassey, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Published in 1821 by Thomas Moore, Esq [1779-1852] on p.22 of Irish Melodies, printed by William Clowes, Northumberland-Court for J Power, 34 Strand, and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-Row, London, England.

From Wikipedia:
Avoca (Irish: Abhóca, formerly Abhainn Mhór, meaning "the great river") is a small town near Arklow, in County Wicklow, IE. It is situated on the River Avoca. The area has been associated with its famous copper mines for many years and the valley has been celebrated by Thomas Moore in the famous song "The Meeting of the Waters". The name of the song derives from the meeting of the Avonmore and Avonbeg rivers, about two miles from the village of Avoca. The song is said to have been written under a tree, the stump of which remains by the Meetings.




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