Seán Ó Duibhir a Ghleanna, song / Gerry O’Hanlon, singing in English

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How oft at sunny morning sunshine all adorning

I have heard the dawn give warning with birds mellow call
Badgers flee before us woodcocks startle o'er us

Guns in ringing chorus amid the echoes all
The fox runs high and higher horsemen shouting nigh her

The maid in mourning by her geese that are all gone
Now they fell the wildwood farewell home of childhood

Arrah Sean Ó Duibhir a’ Ghleanna your day is nearly done.

It is my sorrow sorest woe the falling forest

The north wind brings me no rest and death is in the sky
My favourite hound tied tightly never sporting brightly

Who would make a child laugh lightly with tears in his eye
The antlered noble-hearted stags are never parted

Never chased nor startled from the whinny hills
If peace came but a small way I would journey down on Galway

And I'll leave but not for always my Erin of the ills.

My woe and my ruin through sinless death's undoing

Came not o’er the strewing of all my bright hopes
How oft on pleasant morning I have watched the spring returning

Or the autumn leaves a falling and dew on the woodland hills
Now my land is a plunder and from my friends asunder

I must hide me under branch and bramble screen
If soon I cannot save me by flight from foes who crave me
Arrah Sean Ó Duibhir a’ Ghleanna death will come to you.

Seán Ó Duibhir a Ghleanna, song / Gerry O’Hanlon, singing in English
ITMA Reference Number:699-NC-V8
Main Performer: Gerry O’Hanlon
Title:Seán Ó Duibhir a Ghleanna [videorecording] / Gerry O'Hanlon, singing in English
Subject:Ireland: Singing in English
Corporate Author:Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Recording Location:The Rusty Nail Bar, Crossconnell, Co Donegal
Recording Date:27 March 1999
Collection:Jimmy McBride Collection
Physical Description:1 computer file (MPEG-4, 3 min. 23 sec.) :digital, stereo
Copyright:Performer and Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle

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