Exile of Erin (I), The
DESCRIPTION: "There came to the beach a poor exile of Erin." He looks across the ocean toward Erin, mourns for his lost country and remembers "friends who can meet me no more." He thinks of his family. "Erin, an exile, bequeaths thee his blessing"
AUTHOR: probably Thomas Campbell (1777-1844) (but see the note re broadside shelfmark L.C.Fol.70(118a))
EARLIEST DATE: 1805 (according to Moylan)
KEYWORDS: homesickness exile Ireland patriotic
FOUND IN: Ireland US(MW)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
O'Conor, p. 41, "The Exile of Erin" (1 text)
Moylan 126, "The Exile of Erin" (1 text, 1 tune)
Graham/Holmes 22, "The Exile of Erin" (1 fragment, 1 tune); p. 275 (a reprint of the Alex Mayne broadside)
Dean, pp. 53-54, "Exile of Erin" (1 text)
Bodleian, Harding B 28(38), "The Exile of Erin", W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also 2806 b.11(216), 2806 b.10(90), 2806 c.15(300), Harding B 25(593), Harding B 28(209), Harding B 11(3066), Harding B 11(1655), Harding B 16(325b), Harding B 11(3069), Harding B 11(3067), Harding B 11(2496), 2806 b.10(72), Harding B 11(3068), Harding B 17(86a), Harding B 11(740), Harding B 11(378), Harding B 11(4398), Harding B 11(1105), Harding B 11(3748), 2806 c.15(299), "[The] Exile of Erin"; Harding B 26(178), "The Exile o' Erin "
LOCSinging, as103590, "Exile of Erin", George S. Harris (Philadelphia), 19C; also as100640, "The Exile of Erin"
Murray, Mu23-y2:048, "The Exile of Erin" unknown (Glasgow), 19C
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(118a), "The Exile of Erin", unknown, c.1885
cf. "The Plains of Emu (The Exile of Erin II)" (theme)
NOTES [148 words]: Note that there is an early parody: Bodleian, Harding B 16(61c), "The Cottage Maid", J. Pitts (London), 1802-1819.
Broadside NLScotland L.C.Fol.70(118a): The commentary states "There appears to be some doubt over the authorship of 'The Exile of Erin'. Many believe it to be the work of the Scottish-born poet, Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), who is said to have been inspired by an encounter with an Irish exile named McCann. It has also been suggested, however, that it was the work of the Irish ballad writer George Nugent Reynolds (1770-1802)." - BS
Possibly the confusion was inspired by the several other songs with the same or similar titles? There seems to be no doubt that Campbell wrote *a* piece called "The Exile of Erin" (and, if Stevenson's Home Book of Verse 2 is to be credited, it's this poem).
For background on author Campbell, see the notes to "Lord Ullin's Daughter." - RBW
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