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Gartan Mother's Lullaby

  • (Trad / Seosamh MacCathmhaoil)

    Sleep oh babe for the red bee hums the silent twilights fall
    Aoibheal from the grey rock comes to wrap the world in thrall
    A lyan van o my child my joy my love and heart's desire
    The crickets sing you lullabys beside the dying fire
    Dusk is drawn and the green man's thorn
    Is wreathed in rings of fog
    Sheevra sails his boat till morn
    Upon the starry bog
    A lyan van o the paley moon
    Has ringed her cusp in dew
    And weeps to hear the sad sweet song
    I sing my love to you
    Sleep oh babe for the red bee hums the silent twilights fall
    Aoibheal from the grey rock comes to wrap the world in thrall
    A lyan van o my child my joy my love and heart's desire
    The crickets sing you lullabys beside the dying fire

       (Aoibheal- pron'd Eeval)
       (lyan - pron'd linn)
       (Sheevra - a spirit)

    (as sung by Mary O'Hara)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1958:] This is a Donegal song included in the Herbert Hughes collection 'Irish Country Songs', Vol. IV. [...] 'Aoibheal' is the name of a fairy woman who guards the grey rock - not 'evil' as it may sound on the record. (Liam Clancy, notes Mary O'Hara, 'Songs of Ireland')

  • [1964:] Ian came across this lovely song in Moore's "Irish melodies". It is obviously a translation from the Gaelic. (Notes 'Presenting The Ian Campbell Folk Group')

  • [1983:] Garten ist ein kleiner Ort an der Küste von Donegal im Norden Irlands. Der Text weist mystische Züge auf und ist wahrscheinlich noch nicht sehr alt. (Walton 162)

  • [1998:] The Green Man is a figure in British pagan mythology, and is sort of a nature god (appears in Morris-dancing, I believe!?) - hence perhaps his horn rather than his thorn? (Peter F. Dawson, www.mudcat.org, 10 July)

Quelle: Ireland

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