Erin's Green Shore [Laws Q27]

DESCRIPTION: The singer dreams of meeting a beautiful girl in a green mantle. She tells him she (is a relative of Daniel O'Connell and) has come to awaken her countrymen who sleep on Erin's shore. The singer awakens and hopes the girl finds success
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1835 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(1085))
KEYWORDS: Ireland dream patriotic clothes
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MA,MW,Ro,So) Canada(Mar,Newf,Ont) Ireland
REFERENCES (30 citations):
Laws Q27, "Erin's Green Shore"
O'Conor, p. 38, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text)
OLochlainn-More, pp. 262-263, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, tune referenced: see OLochlainn 6)
Zimmermann 27, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 2 tunes)
OCroinin-Cronin 56, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text)
Munnelly/Deasy-Lenihan 27, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
Graham/Holmes 19, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
Browne 104, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Belden, pp. 282-283, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text)
Randolph 75, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
Moore-Southwest 87, "Dixie's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hubbard, #65, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
FSCatskills 73, "Erin's Green Shores" (1 text, 1 tune)
Korson-PennLegends, pp. 45-46, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
Grimes, p. 151, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text)
Gainer, pp. 126-127, "On Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
Boette, p. 158, "On Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
JHCox 151, "Erin's Green Shore" (3 texts plus mention of 1 more)
Thomas-Devil's, pp. 176-178, "The Bed of Primroses" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greenleaf/Mansfield 69, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peacock, pp. 362-365, "Erin's Green Shore" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Creighton-NovaScotia 79, "The Mantle of Green" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-Maritime, pp. 164-165, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 2 tunes)
Fowke-Ontario 35, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ives-DullCare, pp. 140-141,245, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NAS, pp. 152-153, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text)
cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 479, "Erin's Green Shore" (source notes only)
ADDITIONAL: _Sing Out_ magazine, Volume 25, #4 (1977), p, 2, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune, Hedy West's version, learned from her grandmother)
[no author listed], Scenes & Songs of the Ohio-Erie Canal, Ohio Historical Society, 1971, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune, from Pearl R. Nye)

Roud #280
Tom Brandon, "Erin's Green Shore" (on ONEFowke01)
Robert Cinnamond, "Erin's Green Shore" (on IRRCinnamond01)
Packie Dolan, "Erin's Green Shore" (Montgomery Ward M-8619, c. 1941)
Frank Knox, "Erin's Lovely Shore" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Tom Lenihan, "Erin's Green Shore" (on IRTLenihan01)
The McNulty Family, "Erin's Green Shore" (on IRMcNulty-Night1)
Joshua Osborne, "Erin's Green Shore" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]
Doug & Berzilla Wallin, "A Bed of Primroses" (on FarMtns3)

Bodleian, Harding B 11(1085), "Erin's Green Shore," G. Walker (Durham), 1797-1834; also 2806 b.10(182), Firth b.25(216), Johnson Ballads 1397, 2806 b.11(109), 2806 c.15(247)[title and beginning lines illegible], Harding B 11(1951), "Erin's Green Shore"
LOCSheet, sm1855 590170, "A Dream" or "Erin's Green Shore," Stayman and Brothers (Philadelphia), 1855 (tune)
LOCSinging, as200830, "Erin's Green Shore," Johnson's Cheap Printing Office (Philadelphia), 19C

cf. "Eileen McMahon" (aisling format)
cf. "Granuaile" (aisling format) and references there
cf. "The Cailin Deas" (theme; also the aisling format)
cf. "Poor Old Granuaile" (theme)
cf. "Granuwale" (theme)
cf. "Kate of Glenkeen" (tune)
cf. "The Banks of the Little Eau Pleine" [Laws C2] (tune)
cf. "Harry Dunn (The Hanging Limb)" [Laws C14] (tune)
cf. "The Maid with the Bonny Brown Hair" (tune)
cf. "The Patriot Queen" (theme: beautiful woman to rally Erin)
cf. "The Blackbird of Avondale" or "The Arrest of Parnell" (theme)
cf. "The Patriot Queen" (theme: beautiful woman to rally Erin)
cf. "Daniel O'Connell (I)" (subject: Daniel O'Connell) and references there
NOTES [136 words]: Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847) was an Irish patriot who worked vigorously for Catholic freedom. He did not take part in the 1798 rebellion, but promoted Irish and Catholic rights for many years, and in 1829 saw Britain lift the ban on Catholics in parliament. One of the greatest of the peaceful Irish leaders, his tragedy is that eventually neither side trusted him.
Creighton's version, "The Mantle of Green," should not be confused with Laws N38, "The Mantle So Green."
For a discussion of this type of song as a example of the genre known as the "aisling," see the notes to "Granuaile." - RBW
Broadside LOCSheet sm1855 590170: "words by James Sanford, music by A. Fletcher Stayman"; the date "created and published by Stayman and Brothers" of 1855 is later than the Bodleian Harding B 11(1085) broadside date. - BS
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