Erin, My Country (The Harp of Erin)
DESCRIPTION: "Erin, my country, although thy harp slumbers," the singer loves her still. The singer describes the beauties of Ireland. "Cold, cold must the heart be and void of emotion That loves not the music of Erin-go-bragh"
AUTHOR: William McComb ?
EARLIEST DATE: 1890 (Kennedy); 19C (Wolf)
KEYWORDS: Ireland music nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South)) Ireland
REFERENCES (4 citations):
SHenry H478, p. 176, "Erin, My Country" (1 text, 1 tune)
O'Conor, p. 42, "Erin, My Country"; pp. 93-94, "Erin, My Country" (2 texts)
Wiltshire-WSRO Mi 711, "Sons of Fingal" (1 text)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1635, p. 111, "O Erin, My Country!" (1 reference)
Bodleian, Harding B 11(2747), "O Erin! My Country," J. Harkness (Preston), n.d.; also 2806 b.10(191), 2806 c.15(290), "The Harp of Erin"
Murray, Mu23-y1:063, "The Harp of Erin," James Lindsay (Glasgow), 19C
cf. "The Harp That Once Through Tara's Hall" (theme)
NOTES: The thematic connection with Moore's "The Harp That Once Through Tara's Hall" is so obvious that it need not be elaborated. I'm sure there is cross-influence. But the songs are distinct. - RBW
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