She Moved Through The Fair (Irish Descendants)

See also: She Moved Through The Fair
(Padraic Colum)

My young love said to me, "My mother won't mind,
My father won't slight you for your lack of kind."
As she stepped away from me, and this she did say:
"It will not be long, love, till our wedding day."

As she stepped away from me
and she moved through the fair,
Fondly I watched her move here and move there;
Then she turned homeward with one star awake,
Like the swan in the evening moved over the lake.

Last night she came to me, my dead love came in,
So softly she came that her feet made no din;
As she laid her hands on me, and this she did say:
"It will not be long, love, till our wedding day."

####.... Padraic Colum, poet, dramatist, folklorist and children's writer [1881-1972] (Wild Earth, 1916) ....####
This shortened variant was recorded by the Irish Descendants (Blooming Bright Star, trk#7, 2001 CD, Sextant Records, Markham, Ontario, distributed in Canada by Koch International, recorded in 2000 at Great Big Sea Studio, St John's, NL, and produced by Derek Harrington).

See more songs by the Irish Descendants.

From Wikipedia:
Based on a traditional Irish folk song first collected in Donegal by Padraic Colum and Herbert Hughes, and published by Boosey & Hawkes in London in a work entitled Irish Country Songs in 1909, though some claim it dates back to medieval times. The lyrics, except for a fourth verse, were composed by Padraic Colum, and the tune was transcribed by Herbert Hughes. Most modern arrangements of the song can be traced to the recording by Fairport Convention in 1968, who adopted the style of the song from the travelling singer Margaret Barry.


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