1. Come back to Erin, Mavourneen, Mavourneen,
Come back, Aroon, to the land of thy birth
Come with the shamrocks spring-time Mavourneen,
And its Killarney shall rig with our mirth,
Sure, when we lent ye to beautiful England,
Little we thought to the lone winter days,
Little we thought of the hush of the starling,
Over the mountain, the Bluffs and the Bays.
CHORUS. The come back to Erin, Mavourneen, Mavourneen,
Come back again to the land of thy birth,
Come back to Erin, Mavourneen, Mavourneen,
And its Killarney shall ring with our mirth.
2. Over the green sea, Mavourneen, Mavourneen
Long shone the white sail that bore thee away
Riding the waves that fair summer mornin'
Just like a Mayflow'r afloat on the bay,
O but my heart sank when clouds came between us,
Like a grey curtain the rain falling down,
Hid from my sad eyes the path o'er the ocean,
Far, far away where my colleen had flown.
3. Oh, may the Angels O wakin' and sleepin',
Watch o'er my bird in the land far away
And it's my prayers will consign to their keepin'
Care o' my jewel by night and by day,
When by the fireside, I watch the bright embers
Then all my heart flies to England and thee,
Cravin' to know if my darlin' remembers,
Or if her thoughts may be crossing to me.
Claribel, "Come Back to Erin" (1882). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 27.
The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.