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Thread #107363   Message #4013995
Posted By: Lighter
16-Oct-19 - 12:54 PM
Thread Name: Origins: piper in the meadow/deck the halls
Subject: RE: Origins: piper in the meadow/deck the halls
The tune has been around for a while in Irish tradition.

Robert Dwyer Joyce's poem "The Dying Ballad Singer" (1861) includes the lines,

It was a sunny morn in June,
The winds and waves were sweetly playing,
And you struck up your favourite tune,
"The Piper in the meadow straying!

P. W. Joyce included the melody in his 1909 collection.