by Padraic Colum (1881 - 1972)

O men from the fields
Language: English 
O men from the fields,
  Come gently within,
Tread softly, softly,
  O men, coming in...

[For]1 [m'mhurnin]2 is going
  From me and from you
Where Mary will fold him
  With mantle of blue,

From reek of the smoke
  And cold of the floor
And [peering]3 of things
  Across the half-door.

O men from the fields,
  Softly, softly come through;
Mary puts round him 
  Her mantle of blue.

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1 omitted by Coulthard and Moeran
2 pronounce - "ma-vourn-yeen" (editor's note); Coulthard, Moeran, and Weigl substitute in "Mavourneen"
3 Moeran: "the peering"

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