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GUEST,Stephen R. Valiant? Lunar? - Mountains in County Down (5) Valiant mountain? Lunar mountain? 15 Jan 04


One of the great singers of the Maritime Provices was Angelo Dornan, noted for a highly ornamented style of singing and a valuable repertory. His songs were collected by Helen Creighton. Among them was 'Nellie', a version of 'The Green Mountain'(the North American form of 'Come All You Little Streamers'), which includes two stanzas borrowed or adapted from other songs, and also some telling modifications of the usual text of 'The Green Mountain', adapting the song to the perspective of an emigrant from County Down. The stanza that in other versions begins 'On yonder green mountain a castle doth stand', and that is usually the first stanza of the song, in 'Nellie' is the second stanza and begins with the incomprehensible lines: 'O sleep valiant mountain, it bears a great name, / And beyond Lunar mountain it is fair to be seen'.

I have tried to trace actual toponyms, either in New Brunswick or more likely in County Down, that might have underlain the odd 'valiant mountain'and 'Lunar mountain', without success. But geographical gazeteers document only major topographical features, so I continue to wonder whether these might be the names of local features, perhaps in garbled form, in Canada or Ireland. Can anyone in this list shed some light on these lines?

Stephen


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