Bunting - The Ancient Music of Ireland, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 97

Bunting - The Ancient Music of Ireland, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 97


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Hodges & Smith, Dublin, 1840
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Edward Bunting
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Bunting - The Ancient Music of Ireland
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ANCIENT MUSIC OF IRELAND.85duct of Fergus, as of Cuchullin, or the others, he yet does not enture openly to enlist himin the meditated treachery, but proceeds by a stratagem, which in these days may appearsomewhat far-fetched, yet probably was not inconsistent with the manners of that time.Fergus was of the order of the Red Branch, and the brethren of the Red Branch were undervow not to refuse hospitality at one anothers hands. Conor, therefore, arranged withBarach, one of his minions, and a brother of the order, to intercept Fergus on his return, bythe tender of a three days banquet, well knowing that the Clan Usnach must in that caseproceed to Emania without the presence of their protector. Meanwhile, Fergus arriving inthe harbour of Loch Etive, where dwelt Clan Usnach in green hunting booths along theshore, sends forth the loud cry of a mighty man of chase. Then follows a characteristicpassage. Deirdre and Naisi sat together in their tent, and Conors polished chess-boardbetween them. Anti Naisi hearing the cry, said, I hear the call of a man of Erin.That was not the call of a man of Erin, replied Deirdre, but the call of a man of Alba.Then again Fergus shouted a second time. Surely that was the call of a man of Erin,said Naisi.. Surely no, said Deirdre, let us play on. Then again Fergus shouted athird time, and Naisi knew that it was the cry of Fergus, and he said, If the son of Roy bein existence, I hear his hunting shout from the Loch; go forth Ardan, my brother, and giveour kinsman welcome. Alas, cried Deirdre, I knew the call of Fergus from time first !For sine has a prophetic dread that foul play is intended them, and this feeling never subsidesin her breast from that hour till the catastrophe. Quite different are the feelings of Naisi;he reposes the most unlimited confidence in the safe conduct vouched for by his brother inarms, and, in spite of the remonstrances of Deirdre, embarks with all his retainers for Ire-land. Deirdre, on leaving the only secure or happy home she ever expects to enjoy, singsa pathetic farewell, the words of which vary considerably in dift rent copies. It is thusversified in the paper above alluded to:Farewell to fair Alba, high house of the sun;Farewell to the mountain, the cliff, and the dun;Dun Sweeny, adieu! for my love cannot stay,And tarry I must not, when love cries away.Glen Vashan! Glen Vashan I where roebucks run free,Where my love used to feast on the red deer with me,Where, rocked on thy waters, while stormy winds blew,My love used to slumber; Glen Vashan, adieu!Glendaro! Glendaro! where birchen boughs weepHoney dew at high noon to the nightingales sleepWhere my love used to lead me to hear the cuckoo,Mong the high hazel bushes; Glendaro, adieu!Glenurchy! Glenurchy! where loudly and longMy love used to wake up the woods with his song,While the son of the rock,a from the depths of the deli,Laughed sweetly in answer; Glenurcby, farewell!Glen Etive! Glen Etive! where dappled does roam,Where I leave the green sheeling, I first calld a home,Where with me my true love delighted to dwell,The sun made his mansion ; Glen Etive, farewell!Farewell to Inch Draynagh; adieu to the roarOf blue billows bursting in light on the shore;Dun Fiagh, farewell! for my love cannot stay,And tarry I must not when love cries away.a Son of the rock. The echo.b She calls Glen Etive Belly- Graine, or Suntown.
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