My love's an arbutus By the borders of Lene1, So slender and shapely In her girdle of green. And I measure the pleasure Of her eye's sapphire sheen By the blue skies that sparkle Through the soft branching screen. But though ruddy the berry And snowy the flower That brighten together The arbutus bower, Perfuming and blooming Through sunshine and shower, Give me her bright lips And her laugh's pearly dower. Alas! fruit and blossom Shall [scatter]2 the lea, And Time's jealous fingers Dim your young charms, Machree. But unranging, unchanging, You'll still cling to me, Like the evergreen leaf To the arbutus tree.
1 Lene = Killarney
2 Stanford: "lie dead on"
- by Alfred Perceval Graves (1846 - 1931), "My love's an arbutus", appears in Father O'Flynn and other Irish Lyrics, first published 1880 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), "My love's an arbutus", published [1882?] [voice and piano], from the collection Songs of Old Ireland. A Collection of Fifty Irish Melodies Unknown in England, no. 25, arrangement ; London, Boosey & Co. ; dedicated to Johannes Brahms, August 1882 [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
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