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Thread #11606   Message #1109288
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
04-Feb-04 - 01:30 PM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD/Origins: The Bard of Armagh
Subject: RE: Lyr. Add: The Bard of Armagh
The version quoted by Fiolar is almost identical to a broadside in the Bodleian Collection (Harding B 26(35), P. Brereton, Dublin., c. 1867. First line of second verse starts Ah how I love to muse ...; Fiolar has How I long for to muse...; this is the only difference outside of a few spelling variations.
A second copy (Firth b25(11)) again is the same but for a word or two, same printer but different Dublin address, also c. 1867.

In any case, this version seems to be the oldest in print. Fiolar, I presume your "1000 years...") is the one edited by Kathleen Hoagland.