"Sweet Norah, come here, and look into the fire; Maybe in its embers good luck we might see; But don't come too near, or your glances so shining, Will put it clean out, like the sunbeams, machree! "Just look 'twixt the sods, where so brightly they're burning; There's a sweet little valley, with rivers and trees, -- And a house on the bank, quite as big as the squire's -- Who knows but some day we'll have something like these? "And now there's a coach, and four galloping horses, A coachman to drive, and a footman behind; That betokens some day we will keep a fine carriage, And dash through the streets with the speed of the wind." As Dermot was speaking, the rain down the chimney Soon quenched the turf-fire on the hollowed hearth-stone; While mansion and carriage in smoke-wreaths evanished, And left the poor [dreamers]1 dejected and lone. Then Norah to Dermot these words softly whisper'd, -- "'Tis better to strive, than to vainly desire; And our little hut by the roadside is better Than palace, and servants, and coach -- in the fire!" 'Tis years since poor Dermot his fortune was dreaming -- Since Norah's sweet counsel effected its cure; For ever since then hath he toiled night and morning, And now his snug [mansion]2 looks down on the Suir.
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Confirmed with The Ballads of Ireland; collected and edited by Edward Hayes, Vol. II, Miscellaneous Ballads, Boston, Patrick Donahoe, 1857, page 321.1 Fernald: "dreamer"
2 Fernald: "cottage"
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author, title 1: "Fortune in the Fire", title 2: "Irish Castles" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Albert Henry Fernald (flourished 1855-1897), "Irish Air Castles", subtitle: "Ballad", published 1870 [voice and piano], New York, Ditson [ sung text checked 1 time]
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