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Score

Publication Date

1856

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Kathleen Mavourneen

Irish Ballad

Arranged for the guitar by Francis Weiland

Composed by F. Nicholls Crouch

Boston: Oliver Ditson & Co. (1856)

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Lyrics:

[Verse 1]

Kathleen Mavourneen! the grey dawn is breaking,
The horn of the hunter is heard on the hill,
The lark from her light wing the bright dew is shaking,
Kathleen Mavourneen! what slumb'ring still.

[Verse 2]

Oh! hast thou forgotten how soon we must sever
Oh! hast thou forgotten, this day we must part,
It may be for years, and it may be for ever
Oh! why art thou silent, thou voice of my heart.
It may be for years and it may be for ever,
Then why art thou silent, Kathleen Mavourneen,

[Verse 3]

Kathleen Mavourneen! Awake from thy slumbers,
The blue mountains glow in the suns golden light,
Ah! where is the spell that once hung on my numbers,
Arise in thy beauty, thou star of my night.
Arise in thy beauty thou star of my night.

Mavourneen, Mavourneen, my sad tears are falling,
To think that from Erin and thee I must part.
It may be for years, and it may be for ever,
Then why are thou silent thou voice of my heart.
It may be for years and it may be for ever,
Then why are thou silent, Kathleen Mavourneen.

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