Mortal babe the fays have brought me, At your woe freshly flow All the bitter griefs they wrought me Long ago, shohoolo! When a blooming bride they snatched me, Welladay, welladay! From my husband’s arms and matched me With a fay, with a fay. Loveless here below I languish. Sholoolo! From above Hast thou come to soothe my anguish, Cooing dove, with thy love. Hush my pretty, hush my honey, Shohoolo! see my show, Goblin gems and magic money, How they glow! Shohoolo! Bonny babe thou art beguiling, Shohoolo! by your joy, My sad lips at last to smiling, Shohoolo! bonny boy. Soft the fringed curtain closes, Closes quite o’er his sight; On my bosom he reposes, Love, goodnight, love goodnight.
- by Alfred Perceval Graves (1846 - 1931), "Fairy nurse song" [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), "Fairy nurse song", published [1882?] [voice and piano], from the collection Songs of Old Ireland. A Collection of Fifty Irish Melodies Unknown in England, no. 9, arrangement ; London, Boosey & Co. ; dedicated to Johannes Brahms, August 1882 [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson
This text was added to the website: 2015-04-08
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Word count: 121