On Innisfallen’s fairy isle, Amid the blooming bushes, O! We leant upon the lover’s stile And listened to the thrushes, O! When first I sighed to see her smile And smil’d to see her blushes, O! Her hair was bright as beaten gold And soft as spider’s spinning, O! Her cheek outbloomed the apple old That set our parents sinning, O! And in her eyes you might behold My joys and griefs beginning, O! In Innisfallen’s fairy grove I hushed my happy wooing, O! To listen to the brooding dove Amid the branches cooing, O! But oh! how short those hours of love, How long their bitter ruing, O! Poor cushat, thy complaining breast With woe like mine is heaving, O! With thee I mourn a fruitless quest, For ah! with art deceiving, Oh! (sic) The cuckoo-bird has robbed my nest And left me wildly grieving, Oh!
- 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 rejected lover", published [1882?] [voice and piano], from the collection Songs of Old Ireland. A Collection of Fifty Irish Melodies Unknown in England, no. 26, 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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