Journal of the Irish Folk Song Society, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 11

Journal of the Irish Folk Song Society, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 11
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12.118.Now the very night I givd consentAlong with her to goFrom her fathers dwelling-place.Which proved my overthrow.The night being bright, by the moonlightWe both set off to roam;Thinking we had got safe awayFrom Erins lovely home.4.But when we got to BelfastTwas by the break of dayMy true love she got readyA passage for to pay;Five hundred pounds she did pay down,Saying, That shall be your own,And never mourn for the friends weve leftIn Erins lovely home.5.But of our great misfortuneI mean to let you hear;Twas in a few hours afterwards,Her father did appear;He marched me back to Armagh jail,In the county of Tyrone;And there I was transportedFrom Erins lovely home,6.But when I heard my sentence,It grieved my heart full sore;And parting from my sweetheart,It grieved me ten times more.I had seven lengths all in my chain,And every link a year,Before I was return againTo the girl I loved so dear.7.But when the rout came to the jailTo take us all away,My true love she came in to me,And this to me did say:Bear up your heart, dont be dismayed,For its you never disown,Until I do return againTo Erins lovely home.ovelp 3lrrnop. Broadsl e1s_and Ballads.1.AN ORANGE BROADSHEET.DEEP in the Ulster mind is an inherent love of ancient institutions, conjoined with apower of adapting them to new circrmstances; and thus I was hardly surprised to findbroadsheets of the old kind still published in Belfast, nor yet to get the songs of to-dayand of yesterday mingling therein.Some of these broadsheets the Irish Folk-song Society has decided to issue withits Journal, and of these the first is Orange. The Belfast printer, with commendablebreadth of mind, publishes a Nationalist broadsheet as well, which is to appear later;but the Orange sheet is in some respects more interesting. Orange ballads have beenmore neglected, although they have been subject to much less extraneous literaryinfluence and are more of the people, and although there is a high precedent for thecourse which the Society has taken, since the late Sir Charles (kavan Duffy has said of suchballads in his preface to the Ballad Poetry of Ireland, They echo faithfully thesentiments of a strong, vehement, and indomitable body of Irishnien. . . At allevents, to know what they love and believe is a precious knowledge. And ThomasDavis quotes this with approval in his critique.When one wishes to write of Orangeism, one is confronted by the difficulty thatno proper history of the Orange Society has yet been written. One must gather whatone may from old newspapers, old pamphlets, and from tradition. Moreover, thoughOrangeism has some fine ballads, it has but few names in its literature, and the compilerof the sheet has omitted any names he may have known. These difficulties render itimpossible to give the history or the writers of the songs, and I would seek to point outinstead how the ballads reflect the life of the province, and of the Society.- The sheet crntains none of the more celebrated ballads of Orangeism, and,indeed, little of merit; yet nearly half the ballads are of great interest apart frommerit, for they deal with the ritual of the Orange lodges, and show well the close andsecret nature of the bond between the initiated. I have heard of the Sons of Levibeing sung in South Africa by some Orangemen in a Yeomanry contingent, and thePersecution of 41, addressed to the Orangemen of Canada, tells of another extensionof Orangeism, and of an intimate connection with its home lodges and its mothercountry.-ETHEL JOHNSTON.. i-. , -,.. . ,.i I I TOOK down this air from the singing of JEANNIE LAMONT, who learned it from her mother,a native of Glentaise, in the county of An trim. E. j.It now breaks my heart for to leave youWherein I was reared as a boy;At the leavin my friends and companions,And the partin with the lovely Annoy.
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