At the cry of the first bird

Set by David W. Guion (1892 - 1981), "At the cry of the first bird", published 1924 [ voice and piano ], G. Schirmer  [sung text checked 1 time]

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At the cry of the first bird
They began to crucify Thee.
O cheek like a swan!
It [were]1 not right ever to cease lamenting.
It was like the parting of day from night.

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Confirmed with Selections from Ancient Irish Poetry, translated by Kuno Meyer, second edition, London: Constable & Co., 1913, page 99.

1 Guion: "was"

Researcher for this text: Melanie Trumbull


Ah! though sore the suffering
Put upon the body of Mary's Son,
Sorer to Him was the grief
That was upon her for His sake.

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Confirmed with Selections from Ancient Irish Poetry, translated by Kuno Meyer, second edition, London: Constable & Co., 1913, page 99.


Researcher for this text: Melanie Trumbull