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Lyr Req: Lagan Love (from 'Songs of Uladh')

GUEST,SeaCanary 03 Sep 15 - 02:13 PM
MartinRyan 03 Sep 15 - 02:36 PM
Charmion 03 Sep 15 - 06:30 PM
GUEST,Gerry 03 Sep 15 - 08:05 PM
GUEST,SeaCanary 03 Sep 15 - 09:37 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Lagan Love from 'Songs of Uladh'
From: GUEST,SeaCanary
Date: 03 Sep 15 - 02:13 PM

Does anyone have the words to "My Lagan Love" as it appeared in Padraic Colum's book Songs of Uladh?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lagan Love from 'Songs of Uladh'
From: MartinRyan
Date: 03 Sep 15 - 02:36 PM

Joseph Campell and Herbert Hughes, rather than Padraig Colum, I think? I'm sure there's an online version somewhere - will have a look later.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lagan Love from 'Songs of Uladh'
From: Charmion
Date: 03 Sep 15 - 06:30 PM

Thanks, Martin; I've always loved the tune, but I have never been confident that I heard all the words right.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lagan Love from 'Songs of Uladh'
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 03 Sep 15 - 08:05 PM

There is a set of lyrics for Lagan Love on this website, at http://www.mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=9837


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lagan Love from 'Songs of Uladh'
From: GUEST,SeaCanary
Date: 03 Sep 15 - 09:37 PM

But are they the words from "Songs of Uladh"?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lagan Love from 'Songs of Uladh'
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Sep 15 - 12:16 AM

The version at the address above is missing verse 2, otherwise correct.

Her father sails a running-barge 'twixt Leamh-beag and the Druim;
And on the lonely river-marge she clears his hearth for him.
When she was only fairy-high her gentle mother died;
But dew-love keeps her memory green on the Lagan side.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lagan Love from 'Songs of Uladh'
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 04 Sep 15 - 07:09 AM

As Martin says there are indeed copies of Songs of Uladh available online; it is well worth exploring not least for the beautiful illustrations by Seaghan macCathmhaoil (John Campbell). In the online edition in the Villanova Digital Library of Songs of Uladh My Lagan Love appears on page 32.

Matthew


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lagan Love from 'Songs of Uladh'
From: bubblyrat
Date: 04 Sep 15 - 07:42 AM

Such a beautiful tune !But rather spoiled, I thought , by the "upbeat" instrumental version by "The Wolftones" of many years ago.Yes ??


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Subject: Lyr Add: MY LAGAN LOVE (Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoll)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Sep 15 - 03:52 PM

GUEST,SeaCanary: Since you seem very particular to have the lyrics exactly as they appear in "Songs of Uladh," I have copied them here (using Matthew Edwards' link). They are nearly the same as those in the DT; I have boldfaced the words that are different, although the differences are small: blows/blooms, has/hath, often/oft-times, songs/song. Also I have tried to get the spelling and punctuation exactly right, but I have not bothered to boldface those differences.


MY LAGAN LOVE

1. Where Lagan stream sings lullaby
There blooms a lily fair;
The twilight-gleam is in her eye,
The night is on her hair.
And like a love-sick leanan-sidhe,
She hath my heart in thrall:
Nor life I owe, nor liberty,
For Love is lord of all.

2. Her father sails a running-barge
'Twixt Leamh-beag and The Druim;
And on the lonely river-marge
She clears his hearth for him.
When she was only fairy-high
Her gentle mother died;
But dew-Love keeps her memory
Green on the Lagan-side.

3. And oft-times, when the beetle's horn
Hath lulled the eve to sleep,
I steal unto her shieling lorn,
And thro' the dooring peep.
There on the crickets' singing-stone,
She spares the bogwood fire,
And hums in sad, sweet under-tone
The song of heart's-desire.

4. Her welcome, like her love for me,
Is from her heart within:
Her warm kiss is felicity,
That knows no taint of sin.
And when I stir my foot to go,
'Tis leaving Love and light
To feel the wind of longing blow
From out the dark of night.

5. Where Lagan stream sings lullaby
There blooms a lily fair;
The twilight-gleam is in her eye,
The night is on her hair.
And, like a love-sick leanan-sidhe,
She hath my heart in thrall:
Nor life I owe, nor liberty,
For Love is lord of all.


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