And is he coming home today Who all these years has ranged? And will he be the same to me , Although so have changed? The same again, the same as when At first he courting came And looked me through with eyes so blue -- Ah, will he be the same? I would have dressed in all my best; He'd have me wear my worst, The faded gown of home spun brown In which I met him first. My woman's heart would have me smart; I'm but a woman still. Yet hide, gay gown, come, old one down; Let Donal have his way. The Southern Star has fetched the Bar, She's signalled from the land. Quick, little Donal, to my arms! Now on my shoulders stand! There, there she sails! He's at the rails. For joy my eyes run o'er. Wave, little lad, to your own dad! Aye, 'tis himself once more.
- by Alfred Perceval Graves (1846 - 1931) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), "The sailor's bride", op. 76 no. 36, published 1901 [voice and piano], from Songs of Erin, no. 36, London, Boosey [text verified 1 time]
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