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Fair Helen of Kirkconnell

Language: English after the English

I wish I were where Helen lies,
For night and day on me she cries,
O that I were where Helen lies,
On fair Kirkconnell lea!

Oh Helen fair! oh Helen chaste!
Were I with thee, I would be blest,
Where thou liest low, and at thy rest
On fair Kirkconnell lea.

Curst be the heart that hatch'd the thought,
And curst the hand that fir'd the shot,
When in my arms dear Helen dropt,
And died to succour me.

O think na ye my heart was sair!
My love dropt down and spake nae mair!
O think na ye my heart was sair
On fair Kirkconnell lea!

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in English, original text by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title 1: "Fair Helen" by Cyril Meir Scott.

Text added to the website: 2011-03-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:16
Line count: 16
Word count: 108

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