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(1854 - 1920 / Elphin / Ireland)

Quotations

  • ''''Tis all dependin' whether
    The ould engin' howlds together—'
    'And it might now, Michael, so it might!'''
    William Percy French (1854-1920). "Are Ye Right There, Michael?" (A Lay of the Wild West Clare) (l. 58-60). WTO. World Treasury of Oral Poetry, A. Ruth Finnegan, ed. (1978) Indiana University Press.
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  • ''Have ye got the parcel there for Mrs White?
    Ye haven't! Oh, begorra!
    Say it's comin' down tomorra—
    And it might now, Michael, so it might!'''
    William Percy French (1854-1920). "Are Ye Right There, Michael?" (A Lay of the Wild West Clare) (l. 27-30). . . World Treasury of Oral Poetry, A. Ruth Finnegan, ed. (1978) Indiana University Press.
  • '''Are ye right there, Michael? are ye right?
    Do you think that we'll be there before the night?
    Ye've been so long in startin',
    That ye couldn't say for sartin'—
    Still ye might now, Michael, so ye might!'''
    William Percy French (1854-1920). "Are Ye Right There, Michael?" (A Lay of the Wild West Clare) (l. 11-15). . . World Treasury of Oral Poetry, A. Ruth Finnegan, ed. (1978) Indiana University Press.

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Gortnamona

Long, long ago in the woods of Gortnamona,
I thought the birds were singing in the blackthorn tree;
But oh, it was my heart that was ringing, ringing, ringing,
With the joy that you were bringing, oh my love, to me

Long, long ago in the woods of Gortnamona,
I thought the wind was sighing round the blackthorn tree;
But oh, it was the banshee that was crying, crying, crying,
And I knew my love was dying far across the sea.

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